Saturday, October 29, 2011

Grandma Sue

I would like to mention that I am so incredibly proud of my mom.  As many of you know, a little over three years ago she began having trouble with her health.  She was feeling extremely tired, and at first the doctors thought that there was something wrong with her heart.  Later, in April 2009, we found out that she had stage 4 colon cancer.  This means that the cancer had already metastasized (spread to her lungs and liver) before we even knew about it. 

My mom has been a fighter with a positive attitude from the very start.  She has put her loved ones before herself throughout her entire life, and this was no exception.  My mom decided that she would endure any type of pain and suffering from the cancer treatments in order to be here with us for as long as she possibly could.  Ever since, she has been on continuous cycles of chemotherapies, radiation procedures, and clinical trials.  She has gone through more horrible things than most people will ever have to face in their lifetime.  But when people see my mom, they can’t help but comment on how happy and healthy she looks.  She is truly amazing and has such a selfless, giving spirit.

When all of this began, Barry and I were newly engaged, and we were concerned that my mom might not make it to our wedding.  I was so scared that my mom (and best friend) would miss the most important parts of my life.  Well… not only did she attend our wedding, but she was here for my pregnancy, the birth of her first grandchild, my breast cancer diagnosis and year of treatments, and to celebrate Ryan’s first birthday.  Now she enjoys watching our little guy walk around on his wobbly legs and receives hugs, kisses, and snuggles from him every day when we visit her. 

Life is certainly beautiful and tragic at the same time.

This month, my mom has been in and out of the hospital, and she has been having a rough time with the chemotherapy’s side effects along with the pain from the cancer.  Please, please, please remember her in your prayers, because I know that God has a plan for us and my mom is such an inspiration to me.  She is my mom, sister, and best friend, all rolled into one.  I know that many people are not fortunate enough to have the kind of relationship that I have with my mom, and I am so very thankful for her every day.


  1. I will definitely be praying for your mom, I have the same relationship with my mom so I understand where you are coming from :)

  2. What a nice surprise when I logged on here this evening. You always could make me so happy that I cry! I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!

  3. @mandeeking746- Thank you! It is definitely so special to be able to have that with our moms.

    @Sue- I LOVE YOU TOO!!


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