Tuesday 6 December 2016

The distress will pass

Published 13/12/2015 | 02:30

'My husband told me one day, this too will pass. It has been used for years and has stood the test of time. It is my mantra now.'
'My husband told me one day, this too will pass. It has been used for years and has stood the test of time. It is my mantra now.'

Sir - As I read Emily Hourican (December 6) speak so bravely about her recent cancer diagnosis I was in bed recovering from my fifth session of chemotherapy.

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I found myself back in August getting news I honestly was not expecting. I was back there talking to my children and I could feel the tension in my stomach build because that was the hardest thing I ever had to do; as a parent you develop instinctively the role of protector.

You avoid people who bring negativity and distress to your family, and yet here I was going to be the one who was responsible for allowing everything they took for granted to be shaken. I felt guilt for bringing this into my home. I have an 11-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl and a husband who is my rock.

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