Daniel in the dark
Sinead lies and swerves more chemotherapy, putting her faith in alternative treatment instead…
Poor Daniel was horrified when he discovered that Sinead had cervical cancer, and when he learnt that she’d refused treatment for the sake of their unborn baby, he went out on a limb to persuade her to have mild chemotherapy.
But Sinead secretly decided to stop after just one session, and this week she continues to pull the wool over her husband’s eyes, choosing to put her energies into ‘holistic’ therapy instead.
At first, it looks as though Daniel will have his way. When he answers Sinead’s phone, it’s the hospital on the other end, wanting to book Sinead in for a second chemo session. Caught out, Sinead is forced to agree to the appointment.
But later, she goes for a homeopathic massage, and is veered off course when she gets chatting to a young mum called Steff.
‘Steff reveals that she has cancer, too,’ explains Katie Mcglynn, who plays Sinead. ‘She tells Sinead that she has stopped having chemotherapy and is taking homeopathy remedies instead, and is also sticking to a strict diet.
‘Sinead’s really interested in what she has to say, and invites her back to the flat for a chat and a brew whilst Daniel is out. Any treatment that is more natural is really appealing to Sinead, and she decides to go down the same route.’
When the day of Sinead’s chemo session arrives, she gets Steff to call Daniel and pose as a care worker from Flora’s nursing home. Steff lies that Flora is upset, and Daniel heads off to see the pensioner, as Sinead sneaks home.
Sinead later pretends that the chemo was fine, and adds that she wants to become vegan. Steff urges her to be honest with Daniel, but the machinist keeps quiet. Has she just made a dangerous decision?
Deceit: Sinead refuses to confide in Daniel
New friend: Sinead talks to fellow sufferer Steff