BBC Radio Oxford broadcaster and journalist Bill Heine has announced his has been given 18 months to live – three months ago.
In an article in the Oxford Mail – a newspaper he once worked at before joining radio in 1983 – he said: “Doctors have given me 18 months to live – and I have already had three of those months. That doesn’t leave long left. I feel like a cricket ball that’s just been hit. I want everybody to know, though.”
Bill was last on-air earlier this year interviewing Michael Heseltine. He last hosted his regular afternoon show on 24th April 2016. Bill released a book in 2008 about his radio career, called Heinstein of the Airwaves, and is known locally for making a shark crash through the roof of his home designed as a local landmark.
He continued: “What they don’t tell you is you can’t do most things because you’re not allowed to fly because you can’t get insurance… It has forced me to look at the physical sense of who I am.
“I thought that if I wrote about it in a way that was accessible and engaging it would help me to fight it too. Also, people don’t understand the humour, as some of this is extremely funny. I went to a car boot sale the other day and found something I’d always wanted,” he said. “It’s a plant propagator. I don’t know if I’m going to be around in the spring to use it, but I bought it anyway. I am sticking two fingers up to the cancer!
“I have met so many other people at the Churchill [Hospital, in Oxford] who are so brave. It’s hard to imagine how they cope. You just see the ripples beneath the surface.”
Bill was diagnosed with terminal acute myeloid leukemia.