Thursday, September 25, 2003

The tragedy of Paul Merton's wife

Sarah Parkinson, wife of comedian Paul Merton, has died aged 41. She was diagnosed as having breast cancer in February 2002. However, she refused chemotherapy and radiotherapy, relying on tamoxifen, yoga and healthy eating to try to overcome the disease.

While the newspapers obviously don't cover every detail of her medical history or the background to her decision, it is hard not to conclude that she would have had a better chance of survival if she had had conventional treatment. How utterly sad that an obsession with new-age fads may have cost someone her life.

TV's Paul mourns his courageous wife, Mirror, 25 September 2003

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