It is probably one of the most common things said in the world, but
my mother truly is the greatest. After losing her first born at 35
years old, she and my father decided to give it one last try and
were successful. Almost 23 years ago I was brought into this world
and thanks to mom, I have been completely spoiled ever since.
My mother was originally born in Liverpool, England and by the time
her first birthday rolled around, her parents had decided that they
wanted to move to Australia. After a short lived couple of years in
Perth, Australia, her family once again wanted to pack everything
up and move back to their homeland of England. After living some of
her teenage years in England, her father, who was involved in the
Navy, received a job opportunity in the United States which marked
their final chapter in Liverpool.
Being that my mother had to once again move to another country, it
came as no surprise that it was once again going to be a challenge.
Especially since she was in the midst of her teenage years. But,
being the strong willed person that she is, she overcame adversity
and fit right in amongst her piers.
Fast forward a few years to my time in the third grade, my mother
was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer, which was in the
form of a golf ball sized tumor on the right side of her neck.
After going through surgery to have the tumor removed, my mom then
needed to stay in Los Angeles for a few weeks for radiation
treatment. In the midst of her treatment, my mom received a call
from my dad in the middle of the night. My dad was having a heart
attack! Not knowing whether to stay and finish her radiation
treatment or leave treatment and go see my dad, my mom decided to
wait and see how everything would pan out. Thankfully, my dad would
make it through a tripple-bypass open-heart surgery and find his
way to a full recovery like my mom did with the cancer.
One night when I was about 16 years old, I received a frantic call
from my mom asking me to come home. When I got home, my mother and
father were waiting for me in the living room and that is when they
broke the news to me. My mom had been diagnosed with cancer for a
second time. While having a Hysterectomy procedure, the surgeons
found an immense amount of cancer floating around my moms organs.
They needed to act fast and get a plan going immediately before the
cancer spread any further than it already did. My mom went through
months and months of chemotherapy, losing all of her hair and
getting sick almost daily. Once again though, being the incredibly
strong person that she is, she got through it all to make a full
Surprisingly enough, since then, my mom has been diagnosed with
cancer and additional two more times coming to a total of four
times now. All of which she has beaten! My mother has been dealing
with "the big C" for about 15 years now which is about 2/3 of my
life; I hardly know her without it. the most important thing
though, is that she is okay now, and she is! My mom has embedded a,
"never give up" type of spirit in all of us and I am truly honored
to call her mom!