You helped me plan how to break the news about my incurable illness to my kids | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN I was told I had an incurable illness, I didn’t know how to break the news to my children.

The doctor said I only had a year or two left, but couldn’t give me an exact timing.

I had started to experience a lot of pain and didn’t want to upset them. That’s why I wrote to you.

I’m a widower of 67, my son is 38 and my daughter is 36.

They both live far away, and have busy lives and their own families, and I feared becoming a burden.

You told me how important it was that I got support, and suggested I ask my kids to visit – even if I chose not to tell them I was dying yet.

You also recommended I contact Pain Concern (, 0300 123 0789).

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I can’t begin to express my gratitude. Your care brought me so much hope and comfort.

Seeing my children and grandchildren took my mind off my pain and I was able to break the news gently.

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By being honest with them, you have been able to process your difficult news – together.

I hope you continue to find comfort and spend quality time with your loved ones.

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