With Only Months To Live, She Planned Out How To Be There For Every Big Moment In His Life
January 18, 2014
Rowena has only months to live. Diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after her son Freddie was born, she knows that spending time with her little boy is running out.
She is spending her last moments dreaming up imaginative ways in which he can remember her.
She 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 recorded a CD of her favorite songs and nursery rhymes for him and plans to write some children's stories and film herself reading them.
She 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 - events that, sadly, Rowena will not get to see.
Inside each card are messages such as "If you can't say anything positive, don't say anything at all" and "Every time you look at the sky, remember that's how big my love is for you."
Rowena has a tree and a bench dedicated to her son and her husband. The plaque reads: "To Phil and Freddie... there is no death. People only die when we forget them. If you can remember me, I will be with you always."
"Lots of people with a terminal illness talk about quality of life over quantity, but I couldn't disagree more," she says. "Every hour that I get to spend with Freddie is one extra precious hour. I treasure every one."
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