Jade Goody tragically died on that day in 2009, which was also quite poignantly Mother’s Day.
The Big Brother legend’s life was tragically ended at just 27 when she died of cervical cancer.
Jade had been on the Indian version of the reality TV show when she received a call from her counselor and was told she had cancer – having previously experienced symptoms including blood loss and pain in her leg.
After flying straight back to the UK, Jade received the devastating news that she had been battling cancer for two years and her tangerine-sized tumor had destroyed more than half of her uterus.
Jade had a hysterectomy and a grueling year of chemotherapy, but surgeons realized her cancer had already spread and there was nothing more they could do.
However, Jade was willing to sacrifice her final days to ensure her beloved boys Bobby and Freddy would be cared for.
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“I just want to continue to be normal to the boys and to myself, and I’m pretty naïve about the whole cancer thing,” she told Phillip Schofield during an emotional interview This Morning.
“I haven’t done any research or anything, and I don’t want to know. I only know what I need to know, which is my medication and that’s what makes me feel better.
“I don’t want to know the details and because it’s too much for my brain to take in. It really is.”
Jade wanted to earn as much money as possible for her two sons and worked until her death, securing television interviews, pictures and her own reality show.
The mother-of-two was determined not to give up and told doctors never to tell her how serious the prognosis really was, but on Valentine’s Day 2009 she received the devastating news.
Doctors had no choice but to tell Jade that she was dying as the cancer had spread to her liver, intestines and groin.
“I couldn’t breathe when they told me. I was just screaming and crying and saying, ‘Can’t anyone do anything to help me,'” she revealed at the time.
“When they first told me a few weeks ago that the chemotherapy hadn’t worked, they said it didn’t have to be the end.
“I know they did everything they could to help me and I’m grateful. But I really thought I might be okay.”
Then came the heartbreaking moment when Jade told her sons she was dying – after deciding they needed to hear the truth from her.
Along with their ex Jeff Brazier, the boys’ father, they co-wrote a screenplay about how she would become a star in the sky that they could always see.
Jade delivered the speech gently in front of her boys alone in her hospital bed while Jeff waited in an adjoining room to comfort her sons and make sure they understood.
“She didn’t want to tell them, but she knew she had to because she wanted them to know the truth,” Jeff told the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine.
“The thought of it always brings me to tears. Our poor boys, poor Jade.”
As her condition worsened, she and her boys were baptized in the hospital chapel.
At this point, Jade was wearing a hospital gown while on an IV and was only able to stay awake for a few minutes.
As the end neared, she returned to her home in Essex, where her husband Jack slept on the floor next to their bed while she passed out intermittently.
Reminiscing about her last days, he said that sometimes Jade would wake up thinking she was breastfeeding a baby and would call in her mother, Jackiey.
Jack said: “She told me to be quiet so I didn’t wake the baby. I would always go along and pretend to take the baby and call Jackiey in and pretend to give her the baby.
“I would then ask Jade if she was okay, and she would say, ‘Yeah, that’s fine, I can go to sleep now.'”
In her final days, Jade barely had the strength to stay awake, but her devotion to her son’s was still strong.
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Just 48 hours before her death, as Jade kept falling unconscious, she overheard her then-five-year-old son Bobby crying in his sleep.
With incredible willpower and against the advice of her doctors, Jade managed to get out of bed to go to her son.
She bravely laid Bobby on her back and climbed the stairs with him, while her close friend Kevin Adams told The Sun: “She wasn’t eating and the doctor said her health was deteriorating rapidly.
“But that night Jade got up, went upstairs and drew [Bobby] on her back and took him to her hospital bed.
“The next day I told the doctor what had happened and she said, ‘No, Jade doesn’t have the strength to do this because everything in her body is failing’.
“I told her I saw it with my own eyes. She could do it because these children meant everything to her. This memory will stay with me forever, it is so special to me.”
Sadly, Jade passed away in her sleep in the early hours of March 22, but her incredible legacy lives on as the number of women undergoing swab tests increased by 12 percent following her death.
Last year, Jeff opened up about how he’s been dealing with Mother’s Day since Jade’s death.
Speaks on his podcast only humanJeff explained that on a day like Mother’s Day, he feels a responsibility to help the two deal with their grief.
“Talking about the topic touched me emotionally,” he said. “I have two boys who will really miss their mother today. You miss her every day.
“My vulnerability in this moment is that as the parent of two children who have lost their mother, I have the responsibility on my shoulders to guide them through the day.
“But then I remind myself that it’s not up to me, it’s not up to anyone really, it’s just what it is.”
Jeff also spoke about how he approached Bobby and Freddie’s first Christmas without mom Jade – and made it “as special as possible”.
“There might have been extra gifts, extra food, sweets, cakes, everything was extra,” he said.
“But what I was missing was the fact that you can’t make this day special … It’s a reminder that someone isn’t there.”
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