The distress will pass
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.
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.