8 May 2015
As a mother of three daughters and two step-daughters, the 10th May is a special day for Ruth Davies. Over five years ago, Ruth was told she had a terminal melanoma diagnosis.
“Being a melanoma patient reminds you every day how precious life is and Mother’s Day is a very special day, as I get to spend time with my incredible daughters,” Ruth says.
“My diagnosis has brought my family incredibly close as a support team and we have had quality times as well as emotional times together.
“I’m extremely grateful that I am on anti-pd1 at the moment. I am so lucky to have such a high-level health service at MIA and the support of doctors and nurses who are giving me a good quality of life that keeps me smiling.”
Mother’s Day brings up lots of memories for Ruth.
“I lost my Mum two days before my 17th birthday and that is something that really changed my outlook on life. Since being diagnosed with this terminal illness it has made me realise again how precious life is and to hold my children close and tell them how much I love them.”
Spending time together is something Ruth and her girls love to do.
“Family is everything. The girls drop everything for their mum, just to sit on the couch and share a meal with me, to come to just hold my hand. I am so blessed to have these gorgeous strong girls in my life.
“Having time with my daughters and sharing laughter with them is a special memory that I have with them that I am so grateful for. You can’t give any more than your time to your children, and to me that is one of the most important things I have learnt as a mother. They know whatever happens, how much I love them and how blessed I am having them in my life.