A pregnant Mum visits the doctor to complain of back ache in early 2017. Soon after she is diagnosed with cancer. The doctors predict that both mother and child will succumb to the illness by Easter 2017. Instead, this Brave Mum, and her child, survived. This Brave Mum continues to fight everyday for her life and it's difficult for her whole family. Read more to see the letter written by her loving husband on behalf of his family.
Brave Mum's husband: "I see the Christmas lights are on. I've given up collecting money for expensive treatments, because, to others, her life means nothing."
"This brave mother was not expected to live until Easter 2017. They thought that she would not see our new child. But, Brave Mum is still with us. This is the third Christmas since she got ill. Though she's not the same anymore, she is still an inspiration to all in Croatia. How can one have such positive energy and spirit when her prognosis was so black? One can still win with such positivity.
For how long she will be with us, we don't want to think about. What's important right now is that she is still here. She's still going through more than 50 chemotherapy sessions. But her hair is here, as is the smile on her face. She's always optimistic.
Especially this time of year, when everyone is together, it's important we are together too. Without all of those who have helped, she wouldn't be as positive as she is. But this Brave Mum still needs your help for medication, exercise and everyday expenses. I, as her husband, still work part-time as I cannot take "sick days". I struggle everyday but I can't take time off work. Someone in the family needs to provide.
I'm reading about all the Christmas lights being turned on in all the towns and I know the time is coming when someone will ask what our boys would like for Christmas. I am always worried about the boys's answers because I don't know how Ana-Marie and I would provide it.
What could the boys wish for that we could provide? Brave Mum has given her boys both her health and life already. All they could wish for is a healthy Mum. They want a Mum who doesn't like toys all over the place and could make pancakes on Saturdays. The Mum who runs to nursery after work with a Kinder Egg in her hand. But that Mum doesn't exist anymore.
Their Mum is one who gives all her energy just to be here. A Mum who, everyday, takes tons of medication. The Mum who wishes to watch her boys coming from nursery.
What else would the boys want for Christmas? A toy, maybe? Of course, they're children, but I never know if I could get them that toy. The medications are so expensive.
What do I wish for? I wish that Ana-Marie is here. I hope that my children will not miss out on anything. I wish we could have a good laugh, or even cry, together as a family. I wish to give her the best treatment. All I wish, that for just one day, I don't have to choose between paying the bills, buying medication, buying food or getting something for the children. More than anything I wish she could have good days. I wish she could be as she was before. I wish for one day when she doesn't have an epileptic episode, and me checking for a pulse to ensure she's still with us. Just one night without pain and getting up to check she's still breathing. I gave up on expensive treatments... there's no money... her life, to anyone but us, doesn't mean enough. Help us by being on our side at this time of year."