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Dying Mum Writes Lifetime Of Birthday And Christmas Cards So Her Three-Year-Old Will Remember Her

14/08/2014 16:52 | Updated 22 May 2015

Dying mum writes lifetime of birthday and Christmas cards so her three-year-old will remember her

A mum who is dying of cancer has made her three-year-old son a lifetime of greetings cards so he will never forget her.

Rowena Darby, 33, wants little Freddie to get birthday and Christmas messages from her long after she has passed away.

She has also prepared cards to mark her son's university graduation and wedding.

Rowena, who has been told she has less than two years to live, said: "I''d love more than anything to see Freddie's first day at school in September next year.

"I know a lot of people in my situation create a bucket list, but I just want to be a mum and do normal stuff with my son. The longer I'm here the more likely it is that he'll remember me.

"Freddie knows that I get treatment and go to hospital but he doesn't know anything else because he's too young. I don't care what they do to me anything to keep me going as long as possible, and the more likely Freddie will remember me.

"I know a lot of people in my situation create a bucket list.

"But I just want to be a mum and do normal stuff with my son."

Rowena was diagnosed with rectal cancer after falling pregnant with Freddie. She had surgery but chemo and radiotherapy failed to stop the disease spreading to her lungs and liver.

The mum, who lives with husband Phil and Freddie in Turton, near Bolton, added: "I'm privileged that I can prepare for my death. If I was in a car crash there would be none of these memories for Freddie.

"When I die it's going to be awful for my family but at least they know it's going to happen and we've had the best quality time together."

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