It's always a good day when you can make your mother feel special. Last Sunday, was that day for me. We participated in the Miles for Hope- Brain Tumor Foundation 5K. This was the first time we've ever taken part of something dedicated to the research of brain tumors. It actually had me wondering why we've never done it before. It would make sense for us to do these type of events every year right?
Well you see, my mom is the type of person that has never let having a brain tumor take away from living her life. She's never wanted to act like a victim or be treated like one. When meeting her, you would never imagine all the struggles she's had to endure. When she sets her mind to something, she never allows anything or anyone to hinder her from achieving those goals. Perhaps that is why we never really acknowledge that she's had a brain tumor, let alone three.
She may be petite, but let me tell you, she is one strong woman!
After the 5K, my mom commented that several people gave her a thumbs up during the walk. She was puzzled as to why. I told her, "Look at your shirt." She looked down and realized that it had the word Survivor on it. She looked back at me and just smiled.
I don't think she realizes how amazing she really is. I am the same age she was when she first received news that she had a brain tumor. I couldn't fathom facing everything she's gone through at this point in my life- or at any age for that matter- but especially being so young. Despite having every reason in the world to be depressed, she never once felt sorry for herself. She prevailed with such grace and determination that it makes me so proud to call her my mom.
Even though we registered last minute for this event, I was overwhelmed by the amount of support received. From the sharing of my Facebook post, to the donations, and to those who joined us in the walk. You guys are the true definition of great friends!
I look forward to honoring my mom and making the Miles for Hope 5K our new yearly tradition.
"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving"- Mother Teresa.