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Self-isolating Solihull mum with terminal cancer on how she was spending Mother's Day amid coronavirus outbreak

Editorial Correspondent 23rd Mar, 2020 Updated: 23rd Mar, 2020   0

A SOLIHULL woman diagnosed with terminal cancer has spoken poignantly on TV about how she had decided to break self-isolation to spend Mother’s Day with her children.

Lin Dalton gave an interview about what it has been like for her living in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic on Sky News yesterday (Sunday March 22).

When questioned on how she was spending Mother’s Day, Lin said: “I will be seeing my children today. I don’t particularly want to flout the rules but, this is probably going to be their last Mother’s Day.

“My plan obviously up until now had been to keep going for as long as I could keep going. But without the benefit of being able to go out and do what limited things I could do, that is going to be very difficult.”

On her exact medical prognosis Lin said: “I actually don’t know but I believe it to be maybe three to four months.”

According to Government advice if you have a terminal condition with a prognosis of six months or less, people may wish to ignore the rules on self-isolation. Lin was asked if this had changed her perspective.

She said: “It does change my perspective somewhat, however I have no desire to put other people at risk. Visitors to my home are welcome. I will do my best not to go out and expose other people.”

On top of dealing with such a difficult prognosis, Lin was asked how she was coping with being asked to self-isolate as a result of the covid-19 outbreak and how she stayed strong.

She said: “I think I am staying strong. I have a great support system. I have wonderful children, I have great sisters and an extended family who are all brilliant.

“What I am trying to do – and I persuaded myself of this a few days ago – is not to view this as a 12-week period but to take it in smaller chunks. During that time I’m finding activities I can do inside my home – craft activities, paintings and drawing.

“I try and focus on the next three or four days and then onto the next three or four days beyond that, rather than watch 12 weeks stretch out ahead of me and find I have been nowhere.”

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