Having lost my own birth mother to illness when I was only 6 years old, Mother’s Day always included a time to remember her and her short life. Now, being a mother of two and a breast cancer survivor, Mother’s Day takes on a new found appreciation.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and my children were only 2 and 5 at the time. It hasn’t been easy going through a bi-lateral mastectomy, chemo, radiation, fatigue and all of its side effects, but the hardship it put on my children added another dimension. I would sometimes take my children along to the treatment centre. The technicians not only made sure the radiation beams hit the exact points on my body, but also entertained my children by allowing them to adjust the radiation table and talk to me through the speakers as I lay perfectly still. My children’s daily hugs and kisses made my cancer journey better. In fact, I don’t think I would have pulled through so well without them.
I am looking forward to a great Mother’s Day weekend of hand-made cards, drawings and perhaps breakfast in bed. (Hint, hint!) I am truly happy to be celebrating life as a wife (of a great husband, I might add) and a mother. I am also proud to sit on a committee that will be introducing a new Rethink Breast Cancer support group called “Live, Laugh, Learn” to the young women and mothers with young children of Vancouver. Happy Mother’s Day!