My Mum called earlier today with the unwelcome news that my Dad has just been diagnosed with stomach cancer.
I don't have much detail yet about his condition or his prognosis. He'll undergo surgery later today or tomorrow and hopefully after that we'll have a much better idea of what happens next.
It's times like this that living a long way from family is very difficult.
Dad seemed to be in good spirits when I spoke to him, so I'm determined to be positive too. He's always been a wonderful role model of all that is best in a man. The world would be a worse place without him.
I love you Dad.