Escape to the Country star Jonnie Irwin’s health update sparks concerns among fans: ‘Stay strong’

Escape to the Country and A Place in the Sun star Jonnie Irwin has sparked concern among his fans after a recent social media post.

Irwin, 50, revealed late in 2022 that he had terminal cancer, prompting an outpouring of love from fans around the world.

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Since then, he’s given regular updates on the reality of living with cancer, and how it’s affected him, his wife and their three children.

In a new picture posted to Instagram on Thursday, Irwin looks down at the camera, wearing a patterned hospital gown.

“This is the look of a man who’s not slept for 6 nights and awaiting a full body MRI scan of at least an hour,” he wrote.

“If you haven’t had one, they’re claustrophobic and emit loud, random noises. Joy.

“Take note (of) attempt of a jaunty knot on my gown!”

With trademark humour, he finished off with a cricket reference.

“I’m expecting to come out to news of India all out 195!” he said.

The post was hashtagged #alwaystrying, #mri and #livingwithcancer.

Jonnie Irwin’s most recent post concerned his fans. Credit: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv

The fact that Irwin hadn’t slept for almost a week has his fans worried and wishing him better days ahead.

“Wishing you all the best Jonnie and hoping that you know that many are thinking of you!” one fan wrote.

“I know the feeling, so thinking of you — stay strong — you’re not alone ❤️‍🩹” wrote another.

“Good luck Jonnie. It ain’t a great experience, but they are great inventions.👍🏻,” said another, referring to the MRI scan.

“Stay strong – you’re amazing and an inspiration to us all.”

Despite sharing his health news for the first time in 2022, Irwin was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020, learning that his cancer had spread to his brain.

“I don’t know how long I have left,” Irwin told Hello magazine in 2022.

Jonnie Irwin, left, and with his wife Jess and three children. Credit: Instagram/Jonnie Irwin

The presenter said he has shifted his mentality from assuming he will not be well enough for certain milestones to instead setting “little markers” of moments he wants to be around for.

“I got into the habit of saying: ‘Don’t plan ahead because I might not be well enough.’

“But now I want to make plans.

“I want to make memories and capture these moments with my family because the reality is, my boys are going to grow up not knowing their dad and that breaks my heart.”

Jonnie Irwin in June, 2023. Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage

Irwin went on to share the warning signs he experienced along with the hopes he has for others, that people will “make the most of every day”.

The TV star was in Italy filming A Place in the Sun when he experienced blurry vision while driving.

“Within a week of flying back from filming, I was being given six months to live,” he said.

Despite the initial prognosis, treatment, including chemotherapy, has helped prolong Irwin’s life and after two years of living with cancer, he wished to share his story beyond the “very small group of friends and family” who knew.

He said he hoped to inspire people “who are living with life-limiting prospects to make the most of every day; to help them see that you can live a positive life, even though you are dying.”

Jonnie Irwin in 2010. Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Irwin announced the news alongside his wife Jessica, with whom he has three young sons.

“One day, this is going to catch up with me,” Irwin said when going public with his cancer news.

“But I’m doing everything I can to hold that day off for as long as possible.

“I owe that to Jess and our boys.

“Some people in my position have bucket lists, but I just want us to do as much as we can as a family.”

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