In August of 2000, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She was a fighter and a survivor and became stronger and more beautiful than ever. However, in the early morning hours of March 3rd, 2009 her fiance called me as I was coming in from Starbucks. My mother had brain cancer. Surgery was done, however it was diagnosed as terminal, the tumor had grown aggressively into her brain and she had 6 more lesions on the back of her head and cancer cells in her spinal fluid and in the lining between her brain and her skull. The doctors gave her six weeks, she survived for ten. During that time, I was able to be there for her and take care of her in her final few months. What a bittersweet experience! My mother introduced me to this site well over a year ago, sending me quotes that she deemed appropriate for me to read.
As I go through the grieving process, with my two younger brothers, my father and my son, who was very close to his Mimi, it helps to read words of encouragement and inspiration from this site and especially from the billboards. The billboards are so simple, yet so poignant and meaningful.
My mother was a courageous, beautiful woman, full of strength and compassion, living everyday to its fullest. She inspired people on a daily basis and anyone she encountered was just naturally drawn to her. She exuded these qualities until that day in May when she flew away in the arms of an angel. I love her and will miss her dearly everyday for the rest of my life, I only hope that I can use what she had given me for the past 32 years and apply it to my life, my family and my friends. I will work my hardest everyday so that her life will remain a shining light in the people I encounter in the present and the future.
To a dear angel in heaven, I love you mommie…
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