A Melbourne mum diagnosed with terminal brain cancer has penned a heartbreaking letter to her young sons.

Sadly her son was also found to have another rare form of the disease just seven months later.

Sara Chivers, 34, learned of her cancer in March this year after initially fighting it off in 2008.

Sara and husband, Leigh, were later told their youngest son, Alfie, was also suffering from brain cancer.

With her treatment unsuccessful, the mother-of-two’s focus has turned to preparing her young family for life after she’s gone, adding that “it’s not about me any more, it’s about him (Alfie).

Addressing the letter to her “proudest accomplishments” Hugh, three, and Alfie, 18 months, Sara penned a small guide to help her boys remember her and what she wants out of life for them.

“I won’t be around to see you grow up. It’s a hard thing to say and even harder to face,” she wrote.

“Heartbroken doesn’t come close to describing the pain I feel at not being in your lives in the future, but I would never change or forego the time we have spent together and the immense joy you have brought me. You are without a doubt my proudest accomplishments.”

While also urging her boys to be brave, study hard, play sport, learn a language, and travel as much as possible, Sara took the chance to ram home some motherly advice.

“I can never emphasise enough the importance of good table manners. Remember to say please and thank you. Address your friends’ parents by Mrs, Ms or Mr unless told otherwise,” she added.

“Your Dad is the most admirable, courageous man I have ever known… He is an exceptional father and role model. Don’t let him doubt himself or the wonderful job he will do shaping you into the men I dream of you growing up to be.

“There will come a time when he wants to find happiness again with a new partner. Accept and embrace his choice, and know she will be a positive female influence in your lives too.”

We wish Sara and little Alfie all the best x

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  • This is so heartbreaking. It is tragic enough that Sara knows her time wither her family is limited. They don’t know what tiny Alfie’s future is either. Leigh and Hugh face more battles than many people would think about and Sara would have that on her mind too. When children are sick they automatically look for their Mum before their Dad. We don’t know how long Alfie will have that option for. Each lot of surgery Alfie has to endure will also bruise his brain more. not only what you can see.


  • Utterly heartbreaking. My heart aches for this beautiful family.


  • Hòw very sad. I hope her boys respect her advice.


  • I saw this story on tv and it made me cry. Such a very sad situation for this young family. My prayers go out to them.


  • Not devastated with one battle, so sad and unbelievable, My thoughts go out to the family and the strength and bravery they have to endure the most trying times.


  • This is so heart breaking. I send the family lots of love xx


  • So tragic! Praying that they both have the chance to spend as much time together as possible xx


  • Aw heartbreaking indeed. Praying God grands both Sara and Alfie healing & time !


  • Makes everyday problems seem so trivial. my heart goes out to Sara and her family.


  • Heartbreaking indeed. It needs a lot of courage to fate this future. Lovely the letter she wrote to her boys. And sad at the same time. :-( Let’s hope that Alfie will be able to win his fight against brain cancer. And Sara… I hope she will be able to enjoy her boys and her husband for still a long time.


  • What an awful situation for them. Nobody should have to deal with this.


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