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Simon Thomas shares heart-breaking moment he went back into the bedroom he shared with his wife for the first time since she died

GRIEVING Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has revealed he has only now just been able to return to sleep in the room he shared with late wife Gemma. The dad revealed he had not been back into the …

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GRIEVING Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has revealed he has only now just been able to return to sleep in the room he shared with late wife Gemma.

The dad revealed he had not been back into the room since the night she died in November last year.

 Simon Thomas revealed he has only just been able to go back to into the room he shared with wife GemmaInstagram Simon Thomas revealed he has only just been able to go back to into the room he shared with wife Gemma  He posted the heart-breaking image on SundayInstagram He posted the heart-breaking image on Sunday

The TV presenter has spent the Easter holidays in Thailand with his son Ethan and last night shared the moving image on his Instagram page.

He wrote: "Back home and for the first time since the night she left us, I'm going back in our room."

The emotional image of the dimly-lit room they shared as a couple moved followers to send messages of support and warmth.

Writing on his Twitter page on Sunday with the same photo he said: "Back home after a couple of weeks away. Promised the boy that when he went back to his room I'd go back to ours. So tonight is the first time since the night she went. Another massively unwanted first."

 Wife Gemma died of Acute Myloid Leukaemia in November 2017Instagram Wife Gemma died of Acute Myloid Leukaemia in November 2017

Simon revealed earlier this month they had planned to go to Thailand this summer as a family, but decided that he and Ethan would go in Easter instead, with "very mixed feelings".

Reflecting on how his son was missing out on "immeasurable years" with his mum, he later posted on Sunday an image of himself and Gemma happy and smiling to the camera.

Simon wrote: "It's difficult to put into words what losing someone you love so much does to you when it happens so early in life. You don't only mourn the loss of them, you mourn the lost years with them.

"Try as I do to be the best Dad I can for my boy, I mourn the fact he's lost immeasurable years of having bis mum. Life as we knew it has been shredded."

 Simon said life for he and son Ethan had been "shredded" since Gemma diedInstagram Simon said life for he and son Ethan had been "shredded" since Gemma died

Back home after a couple of weeks away. Promised the boy that when he went back his room I’d go back to ours. So tonight is the first time since the night she went. Another massively unwanted first. pic.twitter.com/LVXfgAI5ms

— Simon Thomas (@SimonThomasSky) April 15, 2018

In March Simon shared an image of Ethan going back to his room for the first time after his mum had died.

Wife Gemma died on November 24 just three days after falling ill with Acute Myloid Leukaemia.

She was diagnosed with blood cancer when she went to the GP feeling unwell.

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 Philip Pike picked up a deadly bacterial infection when he fell on a rose bush in his gardenBPM Media Philip Pike picked up a deadly bacterial infection when he fell on a rose bush in his garden

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 Philip lost parts of his fingers, toes and buttocks due to the infectionBPM Media Philip lost parts of his fingers, toes and buttocks due to the infection  Philip had to learn to do simple actions, like walking, all over againBPM Media Philip had to learn to do simple actions, like walking, all over again  Docs put Philip into an induced coma so they could treat himBPM Media Docs put Philip into an induced coma so they could treat him  Philip underwent several operations to save his lifeBPM Media Philip underwent several operations to save his life

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Philip told Cambridge News: “I thought nothing of it. Two days later I was in bed and I was violently sick. That went on for hours.

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After a few hours to days, you may develop:

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  • diarrhoea and vomiting
  • dark blotches on the skin that turn into fluid-filled blisters

If left untreated, the infection can spread through the body quickly and cause symptoms such as dizziness, weakness and confusion.

Seek medical treatment immediately if you think you have the condition

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He said: “It’s eating you from the inside out. It’s horrible. People lose legs and arms.

“I’ve been brought back to life. I’d died I don’t know how many times. It was scary, not for me but for my wife. She had to go through so much.”

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