Rowena Derby, 33, husband Phil, 34, son Freddie, 3
United Kingdom – A mother who is dying from bowel cancer spends her last moments writing cards that her son will receive on each birthday and Christmas until he is 21.
Apart from that, Rowena Derby, 33, from Bolton, Lancashire, has set up an email account in his name, which he can access it when he’s old enough. He’ll be able to read the emails she’s written to him during her illness, giving him insights into her life. She has also recorded a CD of her favourite songs and nursery rhymes for him and even plans to write some children’s stories and film herself reading them. She even has a tree and a bench dedicated to her son and her husband.
Perhaps most personal of all, she has hand-made beautiful cards that Freddie will receive on each birthday and Christmas until he is 21. There are also cards for his first day at school, his graduation, even his wedding.
Rowena, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after Freddie was born, says that preparing her little boy for life after her death is keeping her going.