Today is International Women’s Day and I’ve decided to dedicate a blog post to my personal hero, my Mom.
She passed away on July 10th, 2012 after a long battle with Ovarian Cancer. She was one of the strongest people that I think I have ever, and maybe even will ever meet. When she was first diagnosed, the prognosis wasn’t great, but she wanted to fight. And fight she did. She ended up in remission, against all odds, and remained that way for 18 months before it came back. At that stage, she chose to be part of a clinical trial. And even though it did not work for her, I am so proud of her for taking part in something bigger than her that may, in the future, contribute to saving another strong woman’s life.
At her funeral, it was standing room only. This says more about her than I ever could… She wasn’t famous, she didn’t do anything that others would deem extraordinary, but still, it was standing room only. I was very humbled to see how many people’s lives she had touched in such a meaningful way and I hope that I can live up to her legacy. She was smart, funny, beautiful and charming. She just was extraordinary.
I am passionate about helping people with cancer because I know that I can make a difference. I am strong because she made me strong and encouraged me to follow my dreams. I hope to use this strength and passion to help others find theirs when they feel lost.
Please share your stories about the strong women in your lives who have been diagnosed with cancer and help to spread a message of hope!