34-Year-Old Dying Mum Pens Heartbreaking Goodbye Letter to Her Sons: ‘I wont see you grow up’

Mum of two, Sara Chivers, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and has just months to live. Sadly, one of her sons, 18-month-old Alfie, has also been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Earlier this year, Sara was told that the brain cancer she had beaten 8 years ago was now terminal, so she wrote a moving goodbye letter to the boys she might have to leave behind.

Sara was just 25 when she was first diagnosed with brain cancer, ABC News reports. She said that she had long known the illness would take her life.

She went on to marry Leigh and start a family since her original diagnosis.

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“I always knew the cancer was lying dormant, but I didn’t want to put my life on hold in fear of its return. It was an MRI in March this year that revealed three new tumors and my worst fears were realized: inoperable, incurable, terminal”.

Last month, the family was rocked by more devastating news when 18-month-old Alfie was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain cancer called an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour.

Stephanie Clark, Sara’s sister, said:

“The unthinkable has become a reality”.

Doting mum Sara, from Melbourne, Australia, shared her letter with The New Daily to help raise awareness of a fundraising drive for little Alfie.

One of the most moving parts of this letter is when she writes to her sons about her husband.

“Be kind to your dad. It won’t be easy for him raising you alone, but every decision he makes will be with your best interests at heart. He is my companion, my rock, my everything. It was always him. Always will be.”

Read the letter in full below:

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Dear Hugh and Alfie,

I won’t be around to see you grow up. It’s a hard thing to say and even harder to face. You will have to hear from others the little things that made me me: my perfume of choice is Michael Kors, my favourite meal is spaghetti bolognese, winter is my preferred season. I wish I was a better cook. I’m a keeper of mementos – tiny hospital name tags, the poem Leigh wrote for my 21st birthday, first baby clothes.

I know your Dad, and our village of family and friends, will keep me alive for you as much as they can, but there are some things I want you to hear from me.

Don’t be afraid of expressing your emotions. I will never tire of hearing ‘I love you’ from Leigh, you boys, my family, friends.

Love hard. As they say, it is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. That’s how I feel about you both. Heartbroken doesn’t come close to describing the pain I feel at not being in your lives in the future, but I would never change or forego the time we have spent together and the immense joy you have brought me. You are without a doubt my proudest accomplishments.

Pay attention to study but know there is so much more to school life than textbooks. Play team sports. Try a musical instrument. Learn a language.

Always try your best; I could never ask any more of you. Never fear failure – you will learn more from mistakes than successes. There’s never anything more certain than change so embrace it. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Travel as much as possible – it will shape who you are.

Be brave in your convictions and believe in yourself. Never tease or ridicule someone because they’re different to you. You will be a better person by surrounding yourself with people who will challenge your views and beliefs.

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I can never emphasise enough the importance of good table manners. Remember to say please and thank you. Address your friends’ parents by Mrs, Ms or Mr unless told otherwise. Make your bed when you stay at other people’s houses, and always offer to clear their table and do the dishes.

You will have friends for a season, friends for a reason, friends for life. It won’t take too long to work out which ones fall into which category.

Family comes first. We will always be there for you to fall back on regardless of any mistakes or bad choices, and will help you through tough times and to celebrate life’s wins.

Be kind to your Dad. It won’t be easy for him raising you alone, but every decision he makes will be with your best interests at heart. He is an exceptional father and role model. Don’t let him doubt himself or the wonderful job he will do shaping you into the men I dream of you growing up to be.

There will come a time when he wants to find happiness again with a new partner. Accept and embrace his choice, and know she will be a positive female influence in your lives too. I have absolute faith that he will make the right decision, for him and you both, and I hope she enriches your lives as much as you’ve all enriched mine.

Your Dad is the most admirable, courageous man I have ever known. He is my companion, my rock, my everything. He has shown true grit in the face of our adversities, and without him beside me I would have crumbled.

I will be forever grateful for the time we spent together, the memories we created, the love we shared. It was always him. Always will be.



Stay Strong Sara. Our prayers are with you.

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“34-Year-Old Dying Mum Pens Heartbreaking Goodbye Letter to Her Sons: ‘I wont see you grow up’”
  • Heartbreaking but so brave a thing to do in such a situation. May the Lord heal you even where medicines have failed.

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