imon Thomas reveals his son Ethan, 10, has made him a grief box

Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has revealed his son Ethan has made him a box to help him cope with his grief, as he addressed the stresses of juggling work with fatherhood.  

The Norfolk-born father-of-one, 46, who has been raising son Ethan, 10, single-handedly after losing Gemma to cancer at the end of 2017, took to Instagram this week to reveal his 10-year-old son’s sweet gesture.

Explaining that the little boy had disappeared into the lounge for an hour, he told how Ethan reemerged with a box containing inspirational notes and a ‘worry’ notepad. 

Among the notes was a one from Ethan describing his father as ‘super, irreplaceable, magical, outstanding’ and ‘not a bad cook’. 

His post comes just a few months after the first anniversary of Gemma Thomas’ tragic death in November 2017, a year after she was sent home for bed rest by her GP after visiting three times with flu-like symptoms.

She died just four days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, aged 40. 

The Norfolk-born father-of-one, 46, who has been raising son Ethan, 10, single-handedly after losing Gemma to cancer at the end of 2017, took to Instagram

The Norfolk-born father-of-one, 46, who has been raising son Ethan, 10, single-handedly after losing Gemma to cancer at the end of 2017, took to Instagram

The Norfolk-born father-of-one, 46, who has been raising son Ethan, 10, single-handedly after losing Gemma to cancer at the end of 2017, took to Instagram 

Taking to his profile, he shared a picture of the thoughtful box, writing: ‘Today my boy disappeared for an hour into the lounge. He put a ‘no entry’ sign on the lounge door.’

‘A while later he came through to the kitchen and presented me with a box. As I looked through it I realised what he had done. 

‘I know kids are resilient, but that isn’t; the whole truth. Kids are much more than that – they are remarkable. Amazing. Courageous.’

Simon, who writes his son ‘snack notes’ to help him through each day, later shared one of his worries on the ‘worry pad’ provided by Ethan to encourage his father to voice any concerns.  

Explaining that the little boy had disappeared into the lounge for an hour, he told how Ethan reemerged with a box containing inspirational notes and a 'worry' notepad

Explaining that the little boy had disappeared into the lounge for an hour, he told how Ethan reemerged with a box containing inspirational notes and a 'worry' notepad

Explaining that the little boy had disappeared into the lounge for an hour, he told how Ethan reemerged with a box containing inspirational notes and a ‘worry’ notepad

Pictured: Ethan gifted his father Simon with a 'worrie' pad to share his grief in

Pictured: Ethan gifted his father Simon with a 'worrie' pad to share his grief in

Pictured: Ethan gifted his father Simon with a ‘worrie’ pad to share his grief in

Pictured: Among the items in the box was a keychain inscribed with the handwritten words 'I love you'

Pictured: Among the items in the box was a keychain inscribed with the handwritten words 'I love you'

Pictured: Among the items in the box was a keychain inscribed with the handwritten words ‘I love you’

Simon's note revealed that he worries about finding regular work along with spending enough time with Ethan

Simon's note revealed that he worries about finding regular work along with spending enough time with Ethan

Simon’s note revealed that he worries about finding regular work along with spending enough time with Ethan

He wrote: ‘Decided to put Ethan’s ‘Worrie Pad’ (I’ve mentioned the spelling!) to good use tonight. (sic) 

‘Sometimes as parents we want to shield our kids from the things that worry us. 

‘Whilst they don’t need to know all our concerns, I believe it’s good to have these conversations. 

‘To open up and say this is how I’m feeling. Kids are so perceptive. They know when you’re not feeling good. 

‘If you open up the conversation with them about your feelings, it gives them the reassurance and confidence to know they can tell you how they’re feeling.’ 

His note revealed that he worries about finding regular work along with spending enough time with Ethan. 

Among the notes was a one from Ethan describing his father as 'super, irreplaceable, magical, outstanding' and 'not a bad cook'.

Among the notes was a one from Ethan describing his father as 'super, irreplaceable, magical, outstanding' and 'not a bad cook'.

Among the notes was a one from Ethan describing his father as ‘super, irreplaceable, magical, outstanding’ and ‘not a bad cook’.

His post comes amid the second anniversary of Gemma Thomas' (pictured) tragic death in November 2017, two years after she was sent home for bed rest by her GP after visiting three times with flu-like symptoms

His post comes amid the second anniversary of Gemma Thomas' (pictured) tragic death in November 2017, two years after she was sent home for bed rest by her GP after visiting three times with flu-like symptoms

His post comes amid the second anniversary of Gemma Thomas’ (pictured) tragic death in November 2017, two years after she was sent home for bed rest by her GP after visiting three times with flu-like symptoms

Simon first revealed he was in a new relationship towards the end of last year, though he did not disclose her identity at the time. Pictured: Derrina Jebb, 27, is a minister's daughter he is said to have met in church

Simon first revealed he was in a new relationship towards the end of last year, though he did not disclose her identity at the time. Pictured: Derrina Jebb, 27, is a minister's daughter he is said to have met in church

Simon first revealed he was in a new relationship towards the end of last year, though he did not disclose her identity at the time. Pictured: Derrina Jebb, 27, is a minister’s daughter he is said to have met in church

Simon has been open about his mourning, sharing his grief with his 99,000 Instagram following, who have in turn shown their support for the widower. 

Last April Simon announced he would be leaving his role at Sky, citing his main reason as wanting to dedicate time and energy to Ethan.

Simon joined Sky in 2005 after 13 years at the BBC before working as a presenter on Sky Sports News and Sky’s coverage of EFL and League Cup football. 

However this year Simon revealed he would be returning to work as a presenter, working with ITV.

Simon has since found love with girlfriend Derrina Jebb, 27, a minister’s daughter he is said to have met in church, and credited her for her support. 

What is acute myeloid leukaemia?

Acute myeloid leukaemia is an aggressive and rare form of blood cancer.

The symptoms of AML usually develop over a few weeks and become more severe. 

According to NHS Choices, the symptoms include: 

  • Pale Skin
  • Tiredness
  • Breathlessness
  • Frequent infections
  • Unusual and frequent bleeding – including the gums and nosebleeds

In advanced cases, patients are incredibly vulnerable to life-threatening infections and internal bleeding. 

If a GP suspects leukaemia, they will arrange a blood test to determine blood cell production. 

In AML, stem cells within the patient’s bone marrow produce too many immature white blood cells, which are not capable of fighting infection. 

This also can lead to a decrease in production of the oxygen-carrying red blood cells and platelets that help the blood to clot. 

Each year around 2,600 people in the UK are diagnosed with blood cancer. 

After diagnosis, patients need urgent chemotherapy due to the aggressive nature of the cancer. 

In some cases, radiotherapy may be needed along with a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. 

Source: NHS Choices 

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