An inspirational mother who is grieving four deaths in her immediate family said she is “just surviving”.
Kate Borau, whose daughter Izzy committed suicide nearly five years ago to the day, suffered further heartache when another daughter Anna took her own life 10 weeks later.
Then, last year, the Sutton mum was left devastated after another daughter, Emily, died after an accidental drug overdose.
The heartbreaking deaths came after the suicide of their father in 2005.
The family finally have something to celebrate this year after Jenny Borau, 22, graduated with a 2:1 from the University of East London.
Mrs Borau said: “Even after everything that has happened, Jenny stayed strong and managed to complete her degree. I’m so proud of her. I think I get my strength from her.”
A mother who has suffered more than most, Mrs Borau has twice visited Tennessee in the US to visit other grieving mothers.
She said: “Nothing can ever prepare a mum for losing a daughter, but you can try to get some comfort from other mums by talking to them. I have my moments, and sometimes I need a hug, but I’m staying strong for my children.”
That is what Anna wrote in her suicide note, she said ‘Mum, I love you, keep going’ and I will.”
Mrs Borau said after everything that has happened over the past six years, happiness was a bit too much to ask for.
She said: “You only feel happiness when you are safe, and your children are safe. You just never know what is going to happen.”
Mrs Borau has many – as she calls – “Angelversaries” throughout the year.
She said: “There are so many dates which remind me of each of them. Well, it’s not like they are a reminder, I think about them all every day. I re-live the tragedies every day.”