For five years, wife and mother Alex Cripps battled a brain tumor with strength, tenacity and bravery.
Alex passed away on Jan. 10, 2019, leaving behind her husband, Lee Cripps, and 8-year-old twin daughters, Sophie and Lauren.
Lee Cripps is sharing what life is like now that Alex is gone, documenting the family’s story on his Facebook page, Life without Mummy.
Cripps said that he and his girls are slowly learning to adapt, comparing it to the way his wife learned to adapt with each new chapter of her brain tumor journey.
“Alex may be gone, but her spirit lives on in all of us, especially our children,” Cripps wrote. “Alex’s tenacity, her drive and her desire to achieve.”
“I see that in the girls, they love writing, taking to spending 10 minutes before bed to write a journal, something Alex used to do when we first got together 22 yrs ago.”
As a way to honor her journey, Cripps shared a sweet video of Sophie and Lauren singing a Kylie Minogue song to their mother before she died.
Alex was in her hospital bed as the twin girls held their mother’s hand and sang the lyrics to “Dancing,” from Minogue’s 2018 album, “Golden.”
Cripps posted the video to Twitter, hoping Minogue would notice, “to see how much her music means to us as a family and I would love for our girls to meet her,” he wrote.
Minogue did see the video, and responded to Cripps on Twitter about one month after his wife passed.
Lee, thank you for sharing this tender moment of your girls singing to Alex. I’m so touched and so very sorry for your loss. Sending you and your girls lots of love. ?
— Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) February 26, 2019
“Lee, thank you for sharing this tender moment of your girls singing to Alex,” the singer wrote. “I’m so touched and so very sorry for your loss. Sending you and your girls lots of love.”
In the six weeks following his wife’s death, Cripps and his girls have continued their work to bring support to families affected by brain tumors and raise money to help find a cure.
“As you read this, don’t feel sad for the loss, feel happy for the love she shared,” Cripps wrote.
“Feel inspired and do a good deed, make someone smile, buy some one a coffee, tell them that they matter, show them you care.”
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