Mum With Brain Cancer Writes Birthday Cards For Two-Year-Old Son’s Future
A 22-year old mum who has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour has said she will leave birthday cards and a lock of hair for her two-year-old son once she is gone.
Tyla Livingstone, from Fife, Scotland, was last year diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and deadly form of malignant brain cancer.
Devastated at her diagnosis, which gives her between two and five years to live, Tyla began to prepare for her son Preston to remember her as much as possible.
She told The Sun: "I know my time is running out now. I'm 14 months past my diagnosis. I just want to make the most of my time left with Preston. He's a mischievous little boy who is so funny. He doesn't understand I'm ill.
"I'm going to start writing him birthday cards soon, so he can open them when I'm gone. I'm saving things for him too - locks of my hair, my radiotherapy mask.
"I need him to know his mummy fought desperately hard to be with him, that she loved him so, so much and didn't choose to leave him.
"It's heartbreaking. I feel so guilty over something I cannot control. But I will fight to see as much as I can.
"My main aim is to see him go to school and for him to remember who I am and my voice. But I'll always be with him in his heart."
Tyla regularly shares photos of Preston, motivational quotes and updates on her Instagram page.
One quote reads: "Yesterday someone said to me 'I would've never guessed you've been through what you have, you carry yourself so well.' And that's when I realised, it's not what happens to you, it's how you handle it."
She also says she would like to be a "voice to all terminally ill woman".
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