Life is crazy, isn’t it? There are so many factors we can’t even predict. From getting sick to financial breakdown. So many things can change in just a snap. That is why people are often shocked by things they never thought would happen.
A Loving Father
This loving dad of three couldn’t believe that his sons were not his. He was totally devastated when he heard the news. But how can this be possible?
Businessman And Millionaire
Unfortunately, he would soon realize that things are not what they seemed to be. He will also know that he was living in a huge lie. But what does he intend to do about it?
He plans to make the traitress responsible for what she’d accomplished. Richard Mason is now 55 years old. This millionaire and investor is initially from the United Kingdom and has done a great deal throughout his career.
He co-founded MoneySupermarket.com which is a popular platform for price comparison. He was married to a woman named Kate, at that time. The two first met when they worked together at a bank during the 1980s.
The Day Everything Changed
Together, they welcomed three wonderful children. Will is their eldest son, and he is 23 years old. Joel and Ed are twins and they are 19 years old. However, they found their marriage on the rocks at the beginning of 2007.
At the beginning of 2008, they agreed to go their own way and get a divorce. Richard, on the other hand, has no remorse about it even if it ended terribly.
Despite splitting up and getting a divorce, he was still there to support his sons and provide them with everything they needed. The divorce settlement revealed that Kate has a lump sum of $5 million that includes the three sons’ tuition fees.
Not For Long
According to Richard, despite everything, she still tried to make him pay more. Nonetheless, the boys were the only good things that happened to their “cold and unhappy” marriage.
Little did he know, there was a surprise waiting for him. Fast forward to 2016, a decade after their divorce, he will learn a shocking truth about his future.
Grasping At Straws
Even if he doesn’t want to go to his doctor’s appointment, he has no choice. He decided to go without knowing that it will change everything. He didn’t know that he’d be angry and surprised in just a matter of time.
It was meant to be another regular check-up with the doctor. However, he has no idea that it would change everything for him! None of this condition became normal!
Almost 100% Sure
The doctor did some tests, but Richard doesn’t expect that the findings will turn his life upside down. Moreover, when he received the news that he had cystic fibrosis, a tragedy struck him.
Looking For Answers
The story hasn’t ended yet. Since he was diagnosed with Cystic fibrosis, a chronic lung infection that can weaken the lungs and reduce its capacity in the long run. His breathing can gradually become more complicated as time passes by.
Deny It All
The disease is hereditary. Even his sister succumbed to this disease a couple of years ago. So, he started to panic and felt devastated because he was afraid that he might pass the same disease to his kids.
On the other hand, the doctor comforted him and told him that his kids won’t get the same disease. Although Richard was relieved when he heard the good news, the relief did not last long because the doctor has something else to say.
Angry And Emotional
There was a very specific reason why it was impossible for him to pass on the disease to his children. This was the moment when he terribly pulled the rug beneath his feet: “The conversation shifted to fertility and the doctor said ‘Look, you and Emma will have a difficulty conceiving, because a person with cystic fibrosis is actually infertile.”
Lack Of Legacy
A thought in his mind was saying, “how could that be right?” However, he still has a positive thought in his head that it might be medically incorrect. Or maybe, the diagnosis was wrong. So he told the doctor: “Well, as you can see, I’ve already got 3 boys, your diagnosis might be incorrect.”
“I felt satisfied to tell him this because it proved that his diagnosis was incorrect,” he reminisced. Nevertheless, the doctor must have felt embarrassed and offended because he just shook his head.
Into His Own Hands
Richard realized that he was only grasping at straws and nothing else. It slowly dawned on him. The reality seemed like a big blow.
Always His “Dad”
Looking back at his past and knowing the truth made him realize that his sons looked nothing like him. His emotions went from heartbreaking to outrage while trying to pull out his phone to contact Kate.
The Consequences Of Her Lies
What does she has to say about this? In his anger, he sent Kate a letter. He wanted an answer. “Hey, I went to visit Liverpool’s Chest Hospital today, I got tested and the result is, I have cystic fibrosis.
“They said that it is the first time they had a father of a child, let alone three was diagnosed with CF.” As he went on: “I am 98% certain that I am not the father of your children.” Although Kate received the message, she did not reply immediately.
An Empty Victory
Since Richard didn’t get answers from Kate, he tried another method to find the truth. “I hoped that by letting me know if I’m the Dad, you would save me from [ the ] indignity [ of more tests ], he told Kate.
“I am pleased to comply with your suggestions on how to tell the boys about the situation. But if you push me to do additional tests, then I will tell them as I wish.” She then replied in a matter of minutes after saying that.
“No matter what the science will say, the boys are yours,” Kate answered. Richard could not accept the fact that she insisted on saying that the boys are his. Fine, he thought. He will play along with her game, if that’s what she wants.
He went on and talked to his eldest son, Will, who at that time was a student at a university. But, how does Will can take this startling information? So, I told him that I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, in which he took surprisingly calmly. Richard stated.
He said, “Yes, I was told that it is incredibly impossible for someone who has cystic fibrosis can have a child. I’m already ahead of you, Dad. So, what you meant is, you might not be my father?”
Richard felt heartbroken after knowing that he was not the biological father of his kids. He recounted “it is the toughest words to say, but he did it for me.” However, he assured Will that he will remain to be his father even if he began to doubt that the boys didn’t possess his DNA.
“It was painful and very frustrating,” Richard said. Knowing that you have an illness is quite upsetting already but what made him more furious is knowing that the children he loves the most were not his own. What was he going to do? Richard thinks that your kids define who you are.
Not only was he infected with a severe condition, but he also figured out he had no children from the start. His reputation might have ended here. The feeling was very heavy on him.
When Kate was confronted by WIll, she then called Richard to confess. She confessed that she was seeing another man throughout their 20-year marriage.
What’s more insulting is that Richard even got to meet him. The man worked at Barclays Bank. They often met at a hotel in London whenever she travels for work as a union official.
Nevertheless, she insisted that the kids were from him. That being said, he has no choice but to seek support from the experts. Richard looked for help from a paternity fraud professional whose name is Roger Terrell.
He endured multiple examinations, which only proved he was completely unable to have babies. The next thing to do is to collect DNA samples from the kids. The findings of the DNA tests revealed that the twins were not affiliated with him.
What made the situation complicated was that the eldest child refused to give a DNA sample. Richard’s eldest son just said, “To me, he’s my dad, that’s all I know.” Given this, Richard had ample evidence to bring his ex-wife to court.
The hearing began in December 2016 at the Birmingham County Court. But Will had something else to tell to the guy he considered his father. “My eldest said to me, ‘ Dad, if you prosecute Mum, I’ll never talk to you again, ‘” Richard added.
An Empty Victory
The young man kept his words that caused Richard a lot of heartaches. “The impact of Kate’s lies was huge.” Nevertheless, the twins had a different reaction as the case went forward.
Need To Know
Even if they are not related by blood, the twins still think of him as their dad. One of them even sent him a loving message to express his support for Richard.
Not Giving Up
The letter said: “Dad, even if you are not my father, I will still stay in touch with you. And that will never change. I’m always here for you and you will always be my Daddy. Love you, x.”
Still His Sons
After revealing her lies in court, Richard went on winning the case. His wife was ordered to pay over $300,000. She chose to settle, only if the boys ‘ biological father remained unknown.
It was nothing more than a meaningless win to Richard. He also had something to tell to their real father. “He wants the biological father to read this story and to move on.”
He said that because he thought that the boys needed to know who their real father is. It’s all for the children’s sake to know the truth even if they think of me as their own dad.
He decided to find the real father of his children. He then went on to provide an impressive £ 5,000 incentive for any information that could help locate him.
Breaking The Silence
The main purpose why Richard looked for their biological father is because that man did nothing to lift the boy financially. He told the news outlet “I still call them my sons, though I’m not their biological father, and I love them so much.”
Further on, it was discovered that Mrs. Mason was suddenly interested in Judaism when she first became pregnant. She even wanted to have a Jewish middle name for their children. Mr. Mason claims it’s a hint to the existence of the real dad.
“You don’t know what to believe and what is not — as if i’m stuck in The Matrix,” Richard said. “Someone will tell you, ‘ Everything you know and everything you’ve believed reliable and accurate isn’t real and never was. You’re not a parent, you can’t have kids, your name won’t go on. ”
The Real Reason
“I can still see what the boys are doing on Facebook, and it’s devastating,” said Richard. “Everything was taken away from me,” added Richard. “It took his ex wife ten years to admit even after they were separated.
Richard had been ordered to pay a £ 4 million fee at the time of the divorce. As for the justification why Richard wanted to prosecute his ex wife, he said, “Over the years the boys learned their mom was lying, whether about the adultery or their paternity. I tried to provide a better role model for them.
“They’ve been really smart boys, I brought them up to do the right thing. I believed that they would understand the decision I made.” This response came days after the decision from one of the twins – Joel – to break his silence.
Richard was “manipulative,” he added. The same day Mr. Mason made an emotional appeal for his sons on TV to make contact with each other. This tremendous mystery was kept from the three boys too.
Holding Back Tears
Joel also said he was not interested to find out who his true father is. Not to say, though his mom he had not stumbled over it. “It didn’t hurt me, he said, because he wasn’t my dad for several years.”
“I didn’t feel anything. I did not ask my mom who our real father is. I’m sure she’d tell us but I don’t want to know.” Even if they haven’t talked for years, Joel said that he and Richard weren’t “estranged.”
“I didn’t talk to him because of his behavior.” The reason why Joel wasn’t on speaking terms with Richard. He also couldn’t sort out why Richard was so determined to find out who their real father was even when they weren’t interested to know where he is.
When I was fifteen, I started noticing that he’s a very deceptive man. The kind of person you don’t want to be with. But he’s still my dad and I won’t look for my real father.
“For two years he knew that he’s not our real dad, so do this all now?” He added that his twin Ed was the only one of the three sons to communicate with Richard. So, when Richard appeared on TV, he pleaded.
“Boys, I love you and I’m always here to open my doors for you. Just come home, I have the kettle ready, a six-pack of beer and the biggest hug ever. Let’s cry, embrace each other, let’s just get to where we used to be.”
That wasn’t everything Richard has to say. “Have a word with your mum and tell her to stop being so foolish.” Beyond that, he admitted that when he discovered about this betrayal, he tried to get a hammer. Yikes!
As he tried to speak while holding back his tears, he said “When something like that arises, you suddenly feel the betrayal, resentment, and some sort of anger you can’t comprehend. I’m still their dad.”
I realized that rather than getting a hammer while confronting her, what else I can do? We’re in a civilized country.” “However, I’ve always encouraged them to be honest and direct to the point,” Richard added.
“Going to a lawsuit is like being hit by a hammer. It was like the sky had fallen apart.”It’s really hard knowing that I had a terminal disease and figuring out that my sons are not mine.”
“It turned out that Richard was so devastated that after receiving the news he nearly took his own life. Imagine being told you are going to die then hearing the news that your sons are not yours – my world has fallen apart.”
According to Richard, his new wife, Emma, lets him get through the pain. She can’t conceive after a cancer battle. He said, “But what prevented me was the love I have for Emma. She’s my soulmate and brought me through all this trauma.”
Just weeks after Richard was diagnosed with CF, doctors revealed that his second wife, Emma, had breast cancer. Of course, the two of them were heartbroken because they were trying to conceive yet they heard the bad news.
And so before Emma got a mastectomy, she endured a rigorous chemotherapy and radiation therapies. From then on, she stated that she wanted more operations because her cancer was “vicious hereditary cancer.”
During the TV show, Emma said that Richard, her husband, was right in his legal action and what he’d done with the case. “You can’t get away without any repercussions. What Richard did was give her a financial and legal thump in the stomach.”
Emma said that the boys should still get in touch with their father and spend some precious time with him since he only has “years left.” However, it looked like the boys aren’t interested after what happened.
No Changing Their Minds
It seemed like whatever Richard and Emma told them, it doesn’t affect them. Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary condition that affects primarily the lungs and digestive system.
It triggers mucus build-up in the lungs as well as other tissues. It may lead to complications including liver disease and diabetes. Sadly, this illness has taken several futures, as it does not yet provide a remedy.
Nonetheless, certain medications may control the disease symptoms and improve the quality of life of the patient. Antibiotics, for example, are an essential part of regular treatment. Another way of reducing the chance of lung infection in the patient is to wash hands regularly.
Further ways to prevent a CF patient’s risk of developing lung infections are by having an annual flu vaccine, not smoking, preventing second-hand smoke, and avoiding unnecessary contact with people with colds or other contagious diseases.
There are other ways to control CF that do not include respiratory tract. Injected tools can be used to monitor chronic conditions in a less invasive way and provide long-term exposure for drugs to the bloodstream.
Airway Clearance Therapy
A common procedure called Airway Clearance Procedure can be used to treat CF. This is achieved by physical chest physiotherapy or by a special “VEST” system, primarily by pushing the mucus around the airways to allow you to cough.
Mucus Thinning Meds
A nebulizer or inhaler is typically used before someone goes through ACT. Albuterol is a common drug used for clearing nasal passages as well as removing mucus. A person may also try to dilute the mucus by Dornase alpha or Hypertonic Saline solution to regain the cell surface pressure through the airway.
Enzymes And Nutrients
Therapies for pancreas enzymes are extremely important as they help the body digest food and other nutrients. They should be eaten before and after meals or as a snack. It is also best for individuals with CF to use fat-absorbed vitamins.
Antibiotics are normally used when mucosal bacteria are accumulated. It can be useful when treating CF and can be consumed orally, by inhalation or intravenously under more serious conditions.
As we said, CF can harm the digestive system, so patients can consult with their doctor regarding their diet. In fact, the patient will most certainly require nutrients in order to ensure that they are safe.
Antioxidants can prevent bacterial infections and reduce inflammation in CF patients. Fruits are filled with antioxidants and fibers that reduce intestinal obstruction. Vitamin C based fruits like apricots, bananas, blueberries, and oranges are fantastic because they are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C.
Vegetables are another category of food products with so many nutritional benefits. They are filled with nutrients, proteins and have many vitamins and minerals such as calcium. The best option is usually dark, leafy, vegetables because they contain Iron Vitamin A and Vitamin K. The following vegetables such as arugula, Bok Choy, Broccoli, and Brussel sprouts are rich with Vitamin K.
CF patients will benefit from protein-rich foods that support muscle and physical activity. Protein may decrease the risk of muscle loss and enhance long-term results for CF patients. Eggs are a major source of protein because they have B-12 that helps build red blood cells and the function of the nerves.
Fish & Seafood
Meat and fish are other great sources of protein. They have also loaded with iron and vitamin D – a good way to increase your fat and calorie consumption. Vitamin D is especially important for people with CF, as it helps keep their bones healthy.
Nuts are such a healthy snack for kids and adults with CF since they are high in calories and healthy fat. They are also a great source of protein and are high in vitamins and minerals. Indeed, peanuts and almonds are also a great source of vitamin E.