It is with a heavy heart that I find myself having to write this post, unfortunately Tom passed away on Friday morning.
Firstly for those coming across this blog in future years (I know when Tom was first diagnosed nearly 10 years ago he scoured the internet) please do not be discouraged- running and exercise gave Tom (& us his family) 10 more years. In those years ours boys grew in to men and we lived life to the fullest. We had amazing holidays and made amazing memories. Cancer gave Tom a focus that rather oddly helped him in many ways and importantly throughout those 10 years we laughed a lot.
We couldn’t have done any of this without the wonderful NHS – so many loving, caring, brilliantly dedicated, and clever people & then in the last month the wonderful people with Sue Ryder and specifically all the wonderful staff and and volunteers at the Duchess of Kent Hospice. It takes a special kind of person to do what they all do and we are indebted to them.
We have had the most amazing support from family and friends, throughout. Support comes in all forms – helping us so we can carry on with our life’s around treatments and surgery, to being there for a drink and a forget about everything for a while.
We are lucky to have had Tom on our life’s and he took so much delight in convincing people about the benefits of running, I will never forget the joy he had when he came home from chemo telling me how he had got one of the nurses to take up running. So next time you don your trainers smile and remember a life well lived.