My wife was told she was stressed

When Simon Thomas’ wife Gemma started experiencing headaches, the GP ignored the symptoms.

do not let it go, budThe 40-year-old had 3 local surgeries complaining of night sweats, bruising and fatigue.

Simon Thomas' wife Gemma was ill with a headache (pictured above is Simon and Gemma)


Simon Thomas’ wife Gemma was ill with a headache (pictured above is Simon and Gemma)
After Gemma died, she left behind Simon and their son Ethan


After Gemma died, she left behind Simon and their son Ethan
Since then, Simon and wife Derena Thomas have found happiness again.


Since then, Simon and wife Derena Thomas have found happiness again.Credit: Instagram

In November 2017, she developed bruises on her thigh and her thigh. headache becomes severe.

She was told her symptoms could be stress related But was later rushed to the emergency room.

gemma is dead Diagnosed with AML three days later.

aldult acute myeloid leukemia It is a very rare blood cancer.

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single dad Simon “Blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death.

“It takes 15,000 lives a year, almost 40 lives a day.”

TV experts are currently promoting a contest to help UK blood cancer for a lucky winner Bought a £3million house in Cornwall – the latest Omaze house draw – but he quickly pledged not to enter on his own.

“I think if I go in and win, someone’s going to smell the rats,” he said with a laugh.

A relatively small charity, but especially close to his heart.

Sadly Simon’s wife Gemma passed away before blood cancer in the UK was supported, but it’s still a cause he cared about. “People know the symptoms of breast cancer,” he said.

“If you go to almost any football stadium in the UK, there are signs of prostate cancer in the men’s toilets, but I bet if I went to the local high street now, no one would know the symptoms of blood cancer.”

After two years of counselling to help him deal with his wife’s death, Simon also made sure their 12-year-old son Ethan received the support he desperately needed.

“We all benefit from talking to people, and we all spent two years working with our personal advisors,” Simon admits candidly.

‘ Ethan’s advisor was an amazing man named Colin. He’s both an actor and a consultant, we’ve seen him in a McDonald’s commercial, but I was watching the John Darwin Canoe Man play the week before and he was in it.

“I showed Ethan the next morning and we all enjoyed seeing him.”

What blood cancer symptoms do you need to know about?

Common symptoms of blood cancer include:

  • Tired, breathless, pale.
  • Unexplained rash, bruising, or bleeding.
  • Infection or unexplained fever.
  • Lumps and swelling.
  • Bone pain.
  • Sweaty.
  • Itchy skin.
  • Unexplained weight loss.

After completing the coaching, Ethan continued to sad encounter – Charity helping the couple through trauma.

Meanwhile, Simon’s support for blood cancer in the UK isn’t the only way he’s helping others who find themselves in a similar heartbreak position.

“I kept thinking about Ethan, not myself,” Simon said.

“But inevitably, when you’re in public browsing what we have, people in similar positions send you messages and ask for your help or want to share their stories.

“I get a lot of messages and I think when you’re in the public eye and open up about grief – or things that people find difficult to express – people find a lot of comfort in that.

“I think people can almost proactively tell me their stories.

“People will tell me some very heartbreaking things, but I know I have to be very careful. It’s not about not caring, but can I bring home the stories I hear? Can I take the trauma of others?”

For a father of one, home has changed – he and Ethan moved from the house they shared as a family of three to another house not far away, and in a location not the one they saw after losing Gemma the only change.

stand with ukraine

Simon Remarried in July Last year, his wife Drina Jebb is a lawyer while the new family of three goes through grief, pandemic, moving and losing a loved one simon beloved father During Covid 2020, they’ll be forgiven for closing the door and trying to deal with what they’re going through, but they’re on the waiting list for a Ukrainian family.

“Four years ago, Ethan was taught not to take things for granted in a very painful way,” Simon said.

“He understands that people or things aren’t here forever. He knows we’re lucky to live in a lovely house and enjoy a lot of things. When we talked about it, I said, ‘Imagine it happening here.’

“Imagine you have to get out of everything, you have to go to the coast, to Dover. Hope to be able to take the ferry to any safe place where there are no planes attacking you.

“Imagine living in a completely strange house and worrying about me here. That’s what’s happening with these people in Ukraine.

“They had to flee their homes and their lives were turned upside down overnight.

“I think he got it because of what he was going through. His experience was different in some ways, but the same in others. He understood life was turned upside down, so he really wanted to help.”

While their wait continues, May has been a long month for Ethan, both final exams and Gemma’s birthday, and while Gemma doesn’t have a grave in the cemetery for Simon and Ethan to visit, she does. A special place to honor her.

“Our old house was on the Thames,” Simon said.

“We have some public land by the river outside our garden.

“I know I’ll move after what’s happened, but I want something, somewhere, that Ethan can go back to his own memory as the years go by.

“I didn’t want a grave and a cemetery because that wasn’t for us. But back in May 2018, we planted a tree on her birthday and put a little plaque at the base of it.

“I always say that if other people come to me for advice on these kinds of areas, the most important thing for any kid who’s been through this is if he wants to, if he doesn’t want to talk about his mum, the most important thing is It’s allowing him and space to talk about his mom.” t That’s fine too.

“He has to develop an emotional maturity that his peers don’t necessarily have at that age. He has emotional intelligence beyond boys and girls at this age because he has to do a lot of growth.”

busy schedule

After a busy few months, both Simon and Ethan are looking forward to the end of term and some downtime.

Simon has been working for the BBC, Amazon and Sky Sports News in recent weeks, and while his schedule has not been quiet at all, he and millions of others have found time to keep up with Partygate and make the most of his time. Tweeting about the state of the country’s politics, he said he himself was considered a public official.

“A couple of my friends over the past year or so have suggested that I run in some capacity. I thought about it, but now I don’t do anything but think, but one or two people have said it to me.

“The only way to change the culture of what’s going on is to put your cross in the ballot box or get involved, no?

“I care about people and I’ve found the past few months to be really difficult politically because I lost my dad during the pandemic.

“It wasn’t coronavirus, but I vividly remember waiting to get to the hospital in full PPE so we could say goodbye to him. I remember sitting there waiting, so the past few weeks have really excited me.

“There are so many people who don’t have the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones, and goodbyes are so important in the beginning of the grieving process.

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“Can’t say it made the process more difficult. A full stop for death, but not a full stop in terms of your final moments with that person.

“It’s something people have to deal with for the rest of their lives. That’s why what’s happening is important, and that’s why I’m very excited about it.”

Mixed family has been working with blood cancer UK


Mixed family has been working with blood cancer UKCredit: Instagram

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