Goodbye to All This, Chapter one: A shadow - BBC World Service podcast

"He blows a kiss and now I see it. There’s exhaustion in his eyes and in the way he stands. How didn’t I notice it before?”

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Sophie and Russell never expected anything bad to happen – not to them. But then he had some blood tests and scans and they started to feel scared. It all begins at a coffee shop in Sydney, Australia.

In mid-2011, Sophie’s husband was diagnosed with lung cancer, and she cared for him, with the support of her family and friends, until his death in February the next year. Since then, she has raised her girls alone, rising to new challenges, making lots of mistakes, and finding a new place in the world.

This is a story about life, love and loss. A memoir by Sophie Townsend.

A Falling Tree production for the BBC World Service.

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