As Sonya prepares for her first chemotheraphy session, she and husband Toadie try to put on brave faces. But the pressure proves too much for Toadie...
Sonya Rebecchi has barely had a chance to process the news she has advanced cancer and must begin chemotherapy immediately.
With only family friend and doctor Karl Kennedy aware of the devastating diagnosis, Sonya and her hubby Toadie try to put on brave faces for the sake of their friends and family, including young daughter Nell.
Despite feeling the after-effects of her first chemotherapy session, Sonya is determined to power through and help celebrate Nell's first day at school.
But the terrible secret soon starts to take its toll on Toadie. So when his niece Yashvi Rebecchi is left in charge at Sonya's garden nursery business and makes a mistake which kills off several plants, Toadie snaps in angry rage...
Elsewhere in Ramsay Street, things are super-awkward between Amy Williams and Gary Canning after their break-up.
But while Gary secretly hopes he'll still get another chance to win back Amy after his criminal dealings which ruined their relationship, Gary's bossy boots mum Sheila is not in a forgiving mood and decides to give Amy a piece of her mind for breaking Gary's heart!
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Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.
Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?
Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!
Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.
He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.
Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)