A mother-of-four has died from a rare form of cancer only 20 days after being diagnosed – after suffering barely any symptoms.
Joanna Shaw, of Chorley, Lancashire, became short of breath and noticed her ankles were swollen on a family holiday to France.
When she returned, the 39-year-old was given the devastating news she had tumours on her adrenal glands (which sit on top of the kidneys) – and had just three weeks to live.
Doctors told Mrs Shaw, a teacher, she was in fact ‘riddled’ with the disease – and she deteriorated within a matter of days.
Before her tragic death, she made her devastated husband Gareth promise he and their children would never forget her.
She spent her final days making memories for daughters Eva, seven, and Isla, three, and filmed herself reading bedtime stories for them so they wouldn’t forget her.
The girls have already sat down to watch the heart wrenching videos, which show her reading ‘If Mum and Me Were Mermaids’, and ‘The Tickle Book’.
Mr Shaw, 45, said: ‘She made me promise she would be remembered. She spent her last days writing her life story for the kids and filming videos.