October 5, 2012

My Mom: A Breast Cancer Survivor

As many of you know: October is breast cancer awareness month. What you might not know is my mother had breast cancer when I was about five years old. She's been cancer free for 20 years, praise God! 

I don't remember much from when my mother had cancer but I do have a couple memories that have stayed with me throughout the years. I remember a couple months after my youngest sister was born my mom had to be hospitalized. I remember this because she's always been a stay at home mom, She's ALWAYS taken care of us! I remember waking up and instead of my mom helping me get ready for school my dad was the one doing it. I remember him trying to fix my hair and pulling it and me crying asking where my mom was and why she couldn't do it. I don't remember exactly how many weeks had gone by but I remember my aunts (my dad's sisters) coming over and doing everything my mom would usually do. As a five year old it was quite confusing! I remember going over to the hospital once and we were not allowed inside but my dad took us so we could at least see my mom waving from a window and my sisters and I were crying because we missed her so much! My mother is a STRONG woman! She's a woman of Faith! 
From what I now know my mother only took a couple chemotherapy treatments, she did have a masectomy but refused any other treatment afterwards and had faith God would heal her. She prayed to God for her to be able to live to see us grow up. I can only imagine her pain, I can only imagine not being able to see your children...not being able to take care of them. You see my mother has not only gone through cancer but before I was born my parents were told they would not be able to have children. For SEVEN years they prayed, they trusted God and then I was born. So you can only imagine after having three daughters being told you have cancer and thinking "what if I don't get to see them grow up?" My parents have been through so much but God has been SO FAITHFUL to them. I am very thankful for the parents I have, for their wonderful example to me. For their faith in God even in the hardest trials! I admire them and I have seen God's wonderful work in them and their lives. I am SO THANKFUL for my mother's life! I don't know what my life would have been like if I didn't have my mom with me growing up. She is an inspiration and seeing how wonderful it was having a stay at home mom made me want to do the same for my kids. I am thankful I am able to do the same for my kids with the support of my husband. 

So today I wanted to share a bit of my mom's story! I know we all know someone who's been affected with cancer, perhaps it is your mom as well. Or your family member might still be fighting it. One thing is for sure, we might not know WHY God allows such things as Cancer to affect us but HE IS IN CONTROL. There is ALWAYS a purpose for what he does. There are things that happen in our lives that we don't like sometimes but they help us learn to appreciate life, love and our relationships. They should help us get closer to our creator because he's the ONLY one who can truly help us and who can truly give us strength and peace especially in difficult times. My mother is a wonderful example of God's faithfulness. Although she went through some difficult times, God NEVER left her side! 
Thank you LORD for my MOTHER!
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3 comments:

  1. beautiful! I can't imagine living without my mom either. For her to be cancer free for 20 years is definitely God's hands at work!

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  2. MOM is always best! :)
    Hug from Norway!

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