Davin, 9, will this year spend the fes­tive sea­son in a healthy home, with a Christ­mas tree for the first time – but his mother’s ill­ness means that joy will be bit­ter­sweet. Brad Flahive re­ports.

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THROUGH the muf­fled weep­ing of her 9-year-old son, Daphne Collins’ heart sinkswhen she hears him whis­per ‘‘Mummy, I don’t want to be alone’’.

But Daphne knows her ter­mi­nal can­cer di­ag­no­sis means it will hap­pen one day soon.

It was in the quiet of night, that Daphne watched her son Davin grieve over a fu­ture with­out his mum– the pair shared the only bed of their Hous­ing NZ home in west Auck­land’s New Lynn.

In Oc­to­ber, Daphne had a ‘‘mas­sive tu­mour’’ re­moved from her uterus and was strug­gling to heal in a home laden­with mould and only one bed­room. ‘‘Wak­ing up at 4am with a foot on your face, or right where the wound is – it’s very dif­fi­cult,’’ she said.

Daphne was di­ag­nosed with Ade­no­car­ci­noma – a type of can­cer that forms in mu­cusse­cret­ing glands through­out the body – in her uterus. ‘‘I had been bleed­ing for three months be­fore my gy­nae­col­o­gist re­alised what it was,’’ she said.

She tried to stay pos­i­tive de­spite the prog­no­sis be­ing grave but at her lat­est CT scan

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