TV and radio presenter Kate Garraway has opened up about her husband Derek Draper's progress, being surprised by the goodwill of strangers, and how she's coping with being a sole parent.
In the March issue of Good Housekeeping, out now, Kate describes how she's staying positive in light of Derek's condition, and how she's keeping hope at the heart of everything.
"We’re really hoping we’re on some kind of trajectory of improvement," she explains. "It’s very much two steps forward, three steps back, but if I think back to where we were in March 2020, when Derek’s lungs were solid with infection and his infection rates were the highest doctors had seen in anyone who has lived, we’re undoubtedly in a more positive place."
Another thing that's kept her upbeat has been the power of kindness, even from strangers. "That’s been one of the positives of this horrible time, and I’ve found it [kindness] in the most unexpected places. There’s a lovely lady who lives over the road from me and I didn’t know her before all this, but every week she makes a cake for me and the kids.
"Somehow she always knows when we most need a lift! We’ve really got to know each other because of it, too, and that’s been lovely.”
She also opened up about how her GMB colleague Ranvir Singh has been a rock. When asked how she was coping as a sole parent, she replied:
“I’m not sure I am coping! I honestly don’t know how single mums do it; it’s just so hard. A lot of the time I find myself thinking, ‘What would Derek say?’ and ‘What would Derek do?’
"I’m lucky that I’m being supported by lots of friends, too, and Ranvir [Singh] has been really helpful because she’s been operating as a single mum since her son, Tushaan, was very little. I asked her, 'How do you do it?' and she said, 'You just have to accept that you can’t do everything.'"
Kate presents her Smooth Radio show, weekdays from 10am to 1pm. Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV
Read the full interview with Kate Garraway in the March issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale from 29 January. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect
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