Mom loses her husband and two-year battle with cancer

2019-05-17 15:30
Tessie Sylvester and her two kids. (Photo: GoFundMe page)

Tessie Sylvester and her two kids. (Photo: GoFundMe page)

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Tessie Sylvester was on the phone with an undertaker just hours after her husband John had died of ALS when another call came through.

It was her doctor – and the news was devastating.

She’d been diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma, a cancer that affects various organs, Daily Mail reports.

“I clicked over and that’s when the doctor said that it was cancer and that we needed to get going with treatment,” she told PEOPLE days after the shocking news in June 2017.

“I sat there with [John’s body] for a second just crying. Then my parents came over and I think I just went into shock. I cried and screamed for a little bit. Mostly, I was just so scared of what was going to happen to my little boys.”

Now, two years on, her sons Gus (8) and Freddy (7) will grow up without their mother and father after Tessie succumbed to cancer on 1 May.

A dentist from Minneapolis in the United States, Tessie was 38. Two weeks before her death, she held an adoption ceremony for her sons.

“When you think of how much they’ve been handed in their short lives so far, they’ve handled it just like their mom: with awesome strength, boundless courage and astonishing grace. It’s remarkable, their resilience,” Tessie’s sister, Jenny Halverson, told Star Tribune.

According to the Daily Mail, Tessie and John met in 2001 when they both coached summer youth soccer.

They married in 2004. John worked as a coach for high school soccer teams while Tessie practised dentistry. John died in 2017 after a five-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as motor neurone disease. He was 44.

GoFundMe page, which has raised close to $30 000 (R420 000) so far, has been set up for the couple’s kids.

“Tessie’s greatest wish was that her boys would be raised in a home full of love, laughter, and so much fun!” Jenny wrote on the page.

She added her sister’s last words to her: “Promise me that you’ll have so much fun so I can see that! I'll always be with you.”

SOURCES:  Daily Mail, PEOPLEStar Tribune 

Read more on:    cancer  |  kids  |  orphans
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