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Cancer patient who lost husband in pandemic calls This Morning as she battles with loneliness in lockdown 2

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A cancer patient who lost her husband during the coronavirus pandemic, called This Morning for help after she admitted she’s struggling with loneliness in lockdown.

Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the UK would face another national lockdown that would take place between November 5, and December 2.

All non-essential shops and pubs have been forced to shut once again, although restaurants can stay open, but for takeaways only.

Speaking to agony aunt Deidre Sanders on Tuesday’s show, Sandra, who is currently battling cancer, explained that she was struggling to cope after her husband’s death.

‘We have got Sandra on the line now, Hi Sandra,’ Holly Willoughby began. ‘Sandra, first of all, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband.

‘He passed away during the last lockdown, is that right?’

Holly Willoughby Phillip Schofield

Sandra lost her husband two months ago (Picture: ITV)

‘He passed away two months ago,’ Sandra replied.

Holly continued: ‘I am so sorry, this must all be very raw for you. So you’re coming to terms with that and obviously, you’re now on your own, but you also have you own health issues as well.’

‘I live with lymphoma,’ Sandra added.

Phillip Schofield chipped in: ‘So you have your own cancer battle going on at the same time?’

Deidre Sanders

Agony aunt Deirdre was on hand to give advice (Picture: ITV)

‘Yes I do, but the worst thing for me is the loss of my husband really. I can’t come to terms with it.’

Turning to Deidre for advice Holly told her: ‘Let’s get you some help.’

Deidre, who went on to offer Sandra help off-air, explained: ‘This is such early days, I am really really sorry, it’s tragic and I absolutely understand how that you feel that your hearts been torn out of you.

‘It just will take time, there’s nothing that can be instantly done, whether we had lockdown or not, you would still be suffering that terrible bereavement.’

‘Maybe for now, you just have to cry,’ Deidre added. ‘It’s so painful, but tears are there for a purpose and we can’t really hold them back. I just think you have to accept that this is a long, slow process.’

On Monday’s This Morning, one viewer phoned in for help after she explained that she was ‘too depressed to get out of bed’.

The caller called Jo said that her bed was her ‘safe place’ and she willed the day to go by so she could ‘go back to sleep’.



Need support? Contact the Samaritans

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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