Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Mom

How do you repay someone for giving up the life as they know it so that you can fight for your own life?
This has been consuming me.

My mom started tying up loose ends and packing her bags the day I was diagnosed. We didn't ask for help, she just did it.
She knew that with three kids under five and a husband with a demanding job, I would need the extra help.
She left my Dad and her beautiful house on the lake in South Dakota. She left her dogs. Her Lexus sits in the garage. She left her friends and her family. She left everything....and she did it for me.

Gratitude barely covers what I feel. She has no intentions of returning home until I'm well. I don't know when that will be and she doesn't make me feel like she has one foot out the door.
She lets me do what I'm able to and she does everything else. She doesn't complain. The kids are exhausting her, I'm sure.
She now drives my mini van, grocery shops and carpools. My house is clean and we eat well. She goes on daily walks with the kids, gives baths, catches bugs and lets Karsyn give her pedicures.
She's completely taken over my role for now....and I appreciate that.
With her being here, the kids don't realize how sick I am. Their life is still normal.

I know the only way to repay her is to fight hard and win this battle. That seems easy enough.
Thanks, Mom!


  1. This is such a lovely tribute to your mom, but I'm sure that what makes her proudest and happiest of all is having you as her daughter!

  2. This make me want to cry. You have an amazing mother.

  3. Your mom does this because you're her little girl. Just like you would do the same thing for K, or either of the boys. She does it because no matter what, she's a mom for forever, and her instinct is to help her little girl feel better. Be appreciative, be overwhelmed with gratitude, but you're right... the best thanks you can give her is to sail through this. And to pay it forward. When your mom is old and needs you, she knows you will be there. And you know she will be there when you need her most. Right now. And I'm sure she just wants to help her baby girl get well again. <3

    Plus, it doesn't hurt to get to play with the grandkids for days on end!!! ;D

    ~ Mandie

  4. You are your mother's daughter. What amazing women you both are. Everyone needs a mom like yours.

  5. This made me cry. It is so wonderful that you have such a support system to help you fight!

  6. I have known your mom for 20 years and she IS the best mom-there is a reason you are so positive and beautiful-your mom and dad are people I admire a lot! This post is beautiful and makes me smile :)

  7. This brought tears to my eyes. Your mom is an amazing woman!

  8. Angela, I am so, so, so thankful your mom is able to do what she's doing. You need the support and help so much ... and I love that she just does what needs to be done without having to be asked or even thinking twice about it. I can see where you get your great attitude toward life from!

  9. Now I see where you get it :) What great Momma's you both are!

  10. Your mom is amazing and she raised and amazing daughter in you. I'm so glad you have her...