Facing death, all she wanted was for her children to be raised right.
So veteran television actress Huang Biren penned a secret note for her husband and their three children.
"In my note," Huang told The New Paper yesterday, "I reminded my husband to take good care of the kids, and not to spoil our second child too much.
"I know our kids' weaknesses and strengths well, and I want my husband to give them a balanced life if I weren't around."
The 45-year-old, who is returning to the small screen after a seven-year hiatus, was speaking to the local media during a filming-site visit for her upcoming drama, 3 Wishes.
In the show, Huang plays Shanmei, the wife of Yaozong (Thomas Ong), an assistant horse trainer who has to pay a price after using three wishes to improve the life of his family.
The drama, which will premiere on Channel 8 on Oct 27 at 9pm, also features newcomers Julie Tan and Shane Pow.
Recounting her brush with death last year, Huang told TNP: "No one knew about the note, not even my husband - unless he opened the drawer in which I kept it."
Huang was diagnosed with a 10cm cyst on one of her kidneys last April, and had to undergo surgery to remove it.
The operation to remove the cyst, which was supposed to last only two hours, dragged for almost six hours due to complications.
She discovered the abnormal growth when she went for a body-shaping session before the annual Star Awards show last year, and was told by two different masseuses that her abdomen did not seem proportionate on both sides.
She said: "When I saw the results after a CT scan, my heart sank. The cyst was bigger than my kidney. I was so shocked and I kept asking, 'Why does it have to be me?'