Georgie Crawford is one of Ireland’s most popular broadcasters and as she appeared Late Late Show on Friday night, viewers were blown away by her strength.
Georgie was joined by her husband Jamie in the studio to chat to host Ryan Tubridy about the devastating diagnoses that blew up their entire family life, after Jamie was diagnosed with MS, followed by Georgie’s own breast cancer diagnosis.
However, the couple want people going through a similar experience to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Offering his words of advice to those who feel isolated because of their diagnosis, Jamie told Late Late viewers: “Share your story. Talk about it. Express how you’re feeling to people, your close friends, even strangers – they say the most remarkable things to you.
While Georgie said that the illnesses had actually brought them closer as they have been able to support one another as they rebuild their health and lives.
She said: “There was never a second that I was going to leave Jamie. In fact I believed we were meant to be together for that time, that I was meant to be there to support him and help him get through it”.
Georgie also discussed the couple’s plans to welcome a baby via surrogacy. They are already parents to four-year-old daughter Pia but hope to expand their family in the future.
“I was put on a drug called tomaxifen for my recovery from cancer and I’m going to stay on that for five years. I could come off that and we could try for a baby ourselves but I want to stay on it. So we have decided to move towards surrogacy and we are in the process of that,” Georgie told Ryan.
“We really believe everything will happen when its meant to happen, that’s how we got through everything we’ve been through. We believe everything will happen when it should.”
The Dublin native is no stranger to the airwaves, having previously worked on popular radio stations such as Spin1038 and 98FM.
Georgie is also the host of hit podcast The Good Glow, which sees the star have in depth conversations with celebrities about health and well being “in order to drive awareness of self care”.
As well as her broadcasting work, Georgie is a health and wellness speaker and raises awareness for Breast Cancer Ireland.
Here is everything you need to know about Georgie.
Who is Georgie Crawford?
Georgie is a radio presenter and podcaster. She previously worked for 98FM and was the Entertainment Editor for Spin1038. She now hosts hit podcast The Good Glow, which focuses not only on health and wellness but how to navigate life’s challenges and overcome adversity.
How old is she?
Georgie is 36 years old.
Where is she from?
Georgie is from south Dublin.
Who is Georgie married to?
Georgie is married to Jamie Crawford, who she met while working for Spin1038. The pair got married in 2015.
Breast cancer diagnosis
Georgie was only 32 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. She found a lump when she was wrapping up maternity leave seven months after giving birth and was devastated to learn she had the disease.
She underwent two surgeries, five months of chemotherapy and four weeks of radiotherapy and is thankfully now healthy. Georgie is a passionate advocate of early detection, previously telling VIP Magazine: “Breast Cancer in the under 50s is becoming more and more common so if you go into them with a lump they are going to send you to the Breast Clinic to get it checked. But it’s the people around you who may try to reassure you, ‘No you’re too young, you’re fine.’
“But if that little voice in the back of your head is telling you that something isn’t right, as scary as it is to face it, you will never regret it because early detection saves lives. It’s just really important to address things and face them head on. I found the lump on the Thursday morning, the following Tuesday I was told I had breast cancer.”
Does Georgie have any children?
Georgie and Jamie are parents to Mia, who was born in 2017.
The couple recently revealed that they are hoping to welcome a second child via surrogacy, after hearing Rosanna Davison ’s story of becoming a mum to her daughter Sophia. This is because Georgie currently takes a drug called tamoxifen as part of her cancer treatment.
“I was more upset about that than chemotherapy because I felt chemotherapy would be a moment in time but tamoxifen just felt very long. And I also knew that you can’t have a baby when you’re on tamoxifen. They don’t encourage you to conceive,” she explained on an episode of The Good Glow.
“[Rosanna] gave so many women hope, and I started to really consider surrogacy and thought maybe this will be an option for us too.
“A couple of weeks ago, we signed a few documents and we’re in the process of getting our embryos to Ukraine. So it’s really exciting. It’s really real now.
“I suppose before it was a dream and now we feel like we’re in the process of it.”
Jamie’s MS Diagnosis
Georgie’s husband Jamie was sadly diagnosed with MS in 2012, when he was just 32 years old.
Revealing the news on his Instagram account last summer, Jamie, who is CEO of Lovin Dublin, wrote: “I felt a bit embarrassed and ashamed because I thought it made me look weak. I didn’t want MS to limit my career progression.
“I felt if I spoke about it then people might think I was not able to cope with the pressure that comes with the role [of CEO].’
“I’ve decided to speak my truth because I’ve always said I would do it when I am ready. I’m 40 this week. I have a beautiful wife, a beautiful daughter, a beautiful family, a beautiful life and I am very happy.
“I am stronger and fitter physically than I have ever been. I’m stronger mentally than I’ve ever been and I don’t worry anymore about how I am perceived.”
Georgie paid tribute to her husband on her Instagram at the time, writing: “I’m so incredibly proud of my gorgeous husband @jamiecrawford11 who has today revealed his MS diagnosis. Jamie was diagnosed 8 years ago in 2012. He made the decision to only tell family and close friends and I wholeheartedly respected his decision.
“He always said he would tell his story one day when he was ready and now the time has come. Today is #WorldMSDay, Jamie is 40 next week and he’s never been fitter or healthier.
“I cannot tell you how much I love him. He’s the best husband and dad and Pia absolutely adores him.”