A mom with motor neurone disease has written birthday cards for her five-year-old daughter to open each year until she's 40.
Losing a parent is one of the hardest things we will ever have to deal with and something that almost all of us will go through. All we can hope is that we get as long with our moms and dads as possible. Some of us are lucky enough to still have one or even both of our parents around when we get into our 50s and even 60s. However, not everyone can be so lucky.
Five-year-old Lexi will soon be living in a world without her mom. In September 2017, Lexi's mom Lena Pearce was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. A debilitating illness of which there is currently no known cure. Lena had known something wasn't quite right for a while and eventually, after her own mom feared that she might have MND, she was diagnosed and given between 12 and 18 months to live.
It's impossible to imagine how we would react if we were given this news. Lena told The Sun that it took two weeks for the news to really sink in. After that, she went about figuring out what she was going to do during the time she had left. Naturally, her mind constantly went to Lexi, and that's what gave her this heart-wrenching idea.
Lexi will miss her mom all of the time, but will likely miss her even more so during celebrations such as birthdays. However, on those days, she will still receive a card from Lena. That's because she has written birthday cards for her daughter all the way up to her 40th birthday. The messages are heart-warming, in some cases amusing, and usually relate to the birthday Lexi will be celebrating.
Having to leave her daughter at such a young age is a feeling we simply cannot comprehend. The idea to write her daughter birthday cards for years to come before she passes away is a pretty incredible one. Something that is so simple but will have such a big effect on Lexi for decades to come. Aside from that, we hope Lena outlives the timeframe given to her by doctors, and that she gets to spends every last minute of that time with Lexi.