A young mum died from cancer on her daughter’s first birthday.
Jolene Patrick, 31, battled breast cancer but died exactly a year after baby daughter Emmeline was born, on August 22.
Heartbroken husband Alan, 31, described the tot as ‘the miracle and gift that was brought to me to keep me going without Jolene’.
The couple married in Cyprus in 2016, and were together for eight years.
They only got seven weeks of ‘bliss’ between their daughter’s birth and being told Jolene’s triple negative breast cancer had returned.
Dad-of-one Alan, who works for Falkirk Council, said they were ‘lost souls’ before they met each other.
Jolene, who worked as a mental health nurse, died at the home they shared in Stenhousemuir, Falkirk, with Alan and her mum Arlene Bennett, 57, by her side, and Emmeline upstairs in her bed.
She had already had breast cancer once, in September 2017 and went through chemotherapy and a mastectomy, when she became pregnant with Emmeline – but the disease returned in October 2019 with a diagnosis weeks after giving birth.
After three rounds of chemotherapy Jolene was told the cancer had spread further throughout her body and in July, was given 12 weeks to live.
Alan said: “Jolene passed away at home, which was her wish.
“Emmeline was upstairs in bed and I was by her side as was her mum.
“We spent the best years of each other’s lives together. We are soul mates.
“Emmeline is the miracle and gift that was brought to me to keep me going without Jolene.
“Both of us were lost souls until we met each other and became one.
“Our wedding day in Cyprus and Emmeline being born, both were the best days of our lives.
“We were two halves of one person and she’s not here anymore and it’s just me and Emmeline.
“It was only seven weeks before our daughter’s birth and being told the cancer had returned and we’d always been happy but this was blissful happiness we never knew existed – our wee family in our new home, ready to live out our happily ever after.
“It feels a long time ago with everything that’s happened since but I do still clearly remember how happy and content we felt, it really was feelings we didn’t know we could reach and then the polar opposite came.
” Our beautiful daughter misses her mum.
“I am so proud to see the impact Jolene has had on so many people’s lives.
“How many people she cared for, she helped so many people out of dark places and to see how one person’s reach can go so far.
“We had great times and bad times.
“I struggled with the bad times but she continued to be strong and had more than enough strength for the two of us.
“She never gave up and faced everything head on and was a warrior to the very end.
“The short few weeks between Emmeline being born and being diagnosed the second time with cancer were the happiest we had ever been.
“We finally thought the bad times were behind us and the next chapter was our future.
“Little did we know the next chapter would be without her.
He added: “To me Jolene was the love of my life, my wife , my soulmate, my other half, my best friend and so much more.
“She made me a better man.
“Now the beautiful future we looked forward to and planned has been cruelly taken away and I will never understand why.”