Norfolk-raised presenter Simon Thomas opens his heart about pain of wife’s death | Latest Norfolk and Suffolk News

PUBLISHED: 20:53 13 January 2018 | UPDATED: 20:54 13 January 2018

Simon Thomas pictured with Gemma in Dereham St. Nicholas Church. 
Photo: Adrian Judd

Simon Thomas pictured with Gemma in Dereham St. Nicholas Church. Photo: Adrian Judd

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Norfolk-raised TV presenter Simon Thomas has opened his heart about the pain and torment the death of his spouse Gemma has induced him and their eight-year-old son in a strong and poignant weblog.

The grief-stricken Sky Sports presenter who tweeted he was “crushed with indescribable pain” and urged others to hope for his or her son Ethan following his spouse’s tragic death on the finish of November final yr, now has described their painful journey in his first weblog.

A Grief Shared charts a journey by way of the hardest problem of Mr Thomas’s life and has created a spot the place he says he can “continue to express what I’m feeling and the painful journey I find myself on.”

Mr Thomas posted: “On the penultimate week of November the life of our household modified ceaselessly in essentially the most brutal of methods.

“After complaining of complications for 3 weeks and having been to the Dr’s 3 times within the house of six days, Gemma went to A&E on the Monday night time on the Royal Berks.

“In the early hours of that darkish Monday morning she was recognized with blood most cancers and later that day was transferred to the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.

“Gemma had developed Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, a uncommon and devastating pressure of the illness.

“Having initially responded nicely to the extreme chemotherapy Gemma immediately went downhill very quickly on the Thursday night time and at simply earlier than 6pm on Friday 24th November she went to be with the Lord, aged simply 40 years.

“Just saying these phrases is very painful.

“Although this has rocked my religion I do know that sooner or later we’ll see her once more in eternity nevertheless it doesn’t change the awful actuality of the now, the longer term.

“For me as her husband she was my rock.

“Patient, type, loving and forgiving.

“In a profession the place I spend my life within the glare of the media she was the wind beneath my wings.

“When I doubted myself she was the one who would remind me of not simply her religion in me however God’s. She was my greatest pal; she made me so very completely happy.

“Life with out her is inconceivable to understand. The void she has left in my life is past measure.

“But the most important disappointment of all is my eight-year-old boy Ethan. Gemma and Ethan had essentially the most particular of relationships.

“Having been by way of the pain of IVF and a miscarriage a couple of years earlier than to offer Ethan a brother or sister, he was our world.

“He was Gemma’s world. Over these eight brief years, the love, the creativity, the enjoyable and the time Gemma poured into his life was wonderful.

“It was a fantastic relationship and the pain of now seeing my boy develop up with out her is simply too painful to place into phrases. The agony of her not being right here to see him develop into a person and miss all of these milestones to come back for him is an excessive amount of to understand

“However, in the identical method Gemma was a rock for Ethan and I, her household and pals, she was the identical for others.

“She stood alongside members of our church for whom life has dealt them some very laborious blows.

“Gemma devoted a lot of her time to standing with them. Listening to them, pouring knowledge into them and praying with them and for them.

“In the previous yr she had begun the undertaking at Greyfriars to re-home a Syrian refugee household right here in Reading.

“Her compassion as she watched that Syrian refugee disaster unfold wasn’t a hole one, she was placing it into motion, and it’s heart breaking that she gained’t be right here to see her imaginative and prescient fulfilled.

“Gemma nonetheless had a lot extra to offer, extra lives to the touch, and but has been taken from us within the cruellest of methods.

“No time for goodbyes, no time to organize, no time to savour these final days collectively, she’s gone. For Ethan and I all the things has modified. The hopes and desires of the years to come back with Gemma have been ripped to shreds. One day we’ll begin making new plans and having new desires, however now could be the time to grieve and simply get by way of every day.

“My easy prayer is that God helps us simply to do this.

God Bless

Simon and Ethan.”

The former Blue Peter presenter first tweeted the tragic information on November 26 and the dedicated Christian urged individuals to hope for Ethan.

Mr Thomas tweeted: “Today I am crushed with indescribable pain. Just three days after falling ill with Acute Myloid Leukaemia, my dear wife Gemma passed away yesterday evening surrounded by her family and friends. If you are a prayer – pray for my boy Ethan. 8yrs, precious and in bits.”

Words of condolence for Mr Thomas’s loss have poured in from all over the world.

Mr Thomas, 44, who now lives in Reading, is a lifelong Norwich City fan, and Canaries supporters have been amongst these passing on phrases of consolation.

Football golf equipment, together with Burnley, Fulham and Wigan, tweeted their assist, whereas Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, former West Ham participant Carlton Cole, Bournemouth’s Marc Pugh and ex-Canary Anthony Pilkington, now at Cardiff City, supplied condolences.

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