Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there, but especially to all the mother's who are also caretakers of their children; and especially ESPECIALLY my wonderful mother, who is THE best out there! Thank you Mom for all you've done for me while being sick. While I can't say I've totally enjoyed this cancer journey, it's brought us closer together (which I didn't know was possible) and has shown me how truly amazing and strong you are (which I always knew you were, just not to what extent!). This verse to the right (Proverbs 31:26) is you to a T...I'm always amazed at how strong you are!!!
Thank you for always taking care of me, whether it's fixing me a meal that I either didn't end up eating or only ate two bites of, or cleaning up after my messes in the kitchen. Thank you for cleaning up after me outside the kitchen as well, as this body has made SO many messes the past few months!!! And thanks for doing my laundry and cleaning my room when I'm too weak, just so I feel at peace. Thank you for always being there when I needed a hug or a shoulder to cry on or just someone to listen to me vent about how sick and tired I am of being a cancer patient. Thank you for always telling me how beautiful I am when I tell you I feel like an ugly cut-up beat-up rag-doll. Thank you for always listening to me and helping me to sort through my tumultuous emotions about cancer and life. Thank you for staying up late with me and sitting with me till I fall asleep, just so I don't have to feel alone. Thank you for dragging me out in public when all I want to do is lay in my little crawled-up ball. Thank you for fighting all my insurance claims - personal and at work (the ones I get stuck on! lol). Thank you for holding the fort down at the office while I've been gone soooo much, and answering pretty much all the phone calls when I was in chemo-land.
Thank you for, when I told you I had cancer, not just crying and commiserating with me, but telling me to own it: "Tell yourself you have cancer, and that you're going to deal with it, and you will get through this." Initially I was so scared of dying, but since you told me that right off the bat I haven't worried about dying since then. Thank you for always helping me to stay positive, and keep my faith.
You tell people that it should have been you that got cancer, and I tell them I am so thankful it was NOT you, because I know that watching you go through what I have gone through would have been too hard for me. I would not be the woman I am today if it was not for this journey, and if I didn't have you there always showing me and reminding me what true strength and faith are. Plus Dad couldn't have handled that LOL :)
Thank you for all you've done even before I got sick. Thank you for carrying me for (almost lol) 9 months, giving birth to me, raising me, loving me, disciplining me, and all the other things you've done for me. Thank you for always being patient, kind, and giving to me, and to everyone you meet. You are truly a gift from our great God, and I am so thankful for that. You are the most strong and amazing person I know, and I am blessed and honored to be your daughter. <3 And your roommate and co-worker as well! I love you more than I have words to express. Now, can you please bring me another box of kleenex? ;) <3