People ask me how I’ve coped, and my answer is that I have written it all down – partly for fear of losing those memories too, and also to try
to make some sense of what has happened. This process of madness continues to be part of what has become my new ‘normal’.
I have a new life now, which I’m trying desperately to come to terms with – and follow Cyrus’s words from his last letter to us.
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