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A moment that changed me: not standing up for my dying mother | Carina Stephens

I stood by while students mocked my visibly sick mother in Brighton. My cowardice made me realise how much I love her

• Carina Stephens is an A-level student

My mother gave birth to me later in life having gone through the lengthy and painful process of IVF treatment. By all accounts she was ecstatic to finally have the daughter she had longed for. Around the time of my fifth birthday, my mother visited the doctor believing that she was pregnant again. Unfortunately, the sibling I had hoped for turned out to be ovarian cancer. My mother was given a …read more

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