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Inspirational Cambridgeshire mum passes away after battling rare lung disease

Inspirational Cambridgeshire mum passes away after battling rare lung disease

Published by Grace Mcgachy
10:49am 28th January 2020.

An inspirational Cambridgeshire mum has died after a battle with a rare lung condition. 

A post on Rachel's Clement's Instagram page shared the tragic news that she passed away in the last few days. 

More than £120,000 was raised last year to pay off Rachel's mortgage to secure the future for her three children.


The 30-year old set up an Instagram @breathlesslymothering to share her story to nearly 30,000 followers. 

Rachel's story was shared by Jason Manford and the Only Way is Essex star Billie Faiers.

Friend Nicola said on behalf of her family on Instagram:

"We are beyond devastated to inform you that our beautiful Rachel has sadly passed away. 

We all love her so much and she will be missed more than words can say.

We are so grateful, as I know she was, for the incredible kindness and generosity that people have shown her over this last year.

It meant a lot to her, as it did to us, and we would like to thank you all for the support and love you have given to her.

Rachel was the bravest, strongest and most selfless person you could know.

Her illnesses took so much from her but she fought so hard with all that she had.

This is life at its absolute cruellest."

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In what currently feels like a place full of vacuous, narcissistic, materialist greed that’s never enough for even the eternally blessed, all I wish for right now is the ability to mother, on my own. To walk hand in hand with my children, to pick them up, to carry them when their little legs become too tired, to proudly walk L in to preschool and make small talk with the other Mums at the gate. To be on the committee and put myself forward as a parent helper, to get involved in fundraising and be an extra pair of hands on trips. To not get [more] breathless reading a bed-time story, to physically enter the pool and teach them how to swim, to take them out alone for ice cream and milkshakes or for a cheeky Happy Meal. As a Mother, on my own. To be able to make their beds and faff with interiors in their room, to wash their clothes and arrange them accordingly in their wardrobe. To lift and buckle them in to their car seats and road-trip alone like we used to, the world no longer my oyster. To ride with them at the funfair, chase them around the park, to kick a ball around the playing field and dive into the bacteria-infested soft play ball-pit. As a Mother, on my own. To walk across a sandy beach, paddling and splashing one another at the oceans edge, jumping the little crashing waves as they ooze across in to the sand. To pack a little suitcase, jump on to a train and see where life takes us for the weekend and to do that Disney-World cliche. From fiercely independent to observing from the shadows; I grieve daily for the loss of being a Mother, on my own. . . . . #breathlesslymothering #disabled #inclusive #diverse #makemotherhooddiverse #lifestyle #lifestyleblogger #palliativecare #medicalblogger #pulmonaryfibrosis #ileostomy #crohnsdisease #disabledmodel #lifeonoxygen #hospicecare #hospice #terminalillness #disabledblogger #stillbreathing #lifeonoxygen #cambridgeshireblogger #cambridgebloggers #mumsnetinfluencers #influencers #channelmum #motherandbaby #motherhood #lynfordhall #perspective

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Rachel was under palliative care after the disease Pulmonary Fibrosis but she was determined to make to most of her time with children Chloe, 12, Louis, three, and Ivan, 18 months. 

Speaking to KLFM journalist Grace McGachy last year she said: 

"I think it's just the thought of the kids being left behind without me.

And I think, will they even remember me?

Because they're so young, it's almost like I'm wishing time on so that they're old enough so they do remember me.

There are so many generous people, the support has really been overwhelming."


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