Sunday, July 19, 2009

Between Life and Death.

This is Jemma Oliver, her husband, Jason, and their two kids -- Codi and Keaton.

She's 29 years old.

With terminal cancer.

What did Jemma do when she found out? Created a "masterclass in motherhood" for her husband to help him raise their two young children. In the last days of her life, she's writing out instructions to help her family after she is gone. Like,

...teaching Jason how to do a French plait in little Codi's hair.


Buying cards to be given to the children on their birthdays in the years ahead without their mum.

And, when Jason didn't know how to turn on the dishwasher or load the laundry, Jemma taught him that as well --

'The house was total chaos until she took me in hand. Then slowly and patiently, Jemma told me what to do. She taught me how to do everything for the children - and for my sake too.

As of recently, Jemma passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Stories like this make me realize how fortunate I am to be alive.

Live strong.

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