Sunday, October 18, 2009

I ♥ Faces Challenge - Pink for Breast Cancer



My photo this week is very special to me. While my mom has not battled breast cancer, she has battled leukemia. When she was 43 (1997) she was diagnosed with AML. Three months later her youngest brother (she is one of five children) donated marrow for her to have a bone marrow transplant. While life has not been easy the past 11.5 years, she is here. She has seen my sister and I get married, she was in the room with my husband and I when my son was born and she kept my son when I went to the hospital to have my daughter.


Just a month ago she had her second hip replacement. The drugs she was on for her cancer and subsequent transplant rendered her hip bone useless. She is a trooper. She faces trials with a finesse that is enviable. She is amazing.


I can never explain in words how happy I am to have my mom still here with me. We are very close and my life would be so different had she not been in it these past 12 years. She is a wonderful mom, superfun nana and a great daughter. I love you mom, more than you know.


I captured this photo of her snuggling a newborn Isabelle. It's one of my favorites. I'm sure this week will feature many stories that will tug at your heart. Some good, some sad and many inspirational. Remember to check out the other entries at I Heart Faces.




12 comments:

  1. So perfect for this week. And, such an amazing capture to share with us!

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  2. Beautiful story and the photo is so sweet :)

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  3. Oh it's BEAUTIFUL!!! With a touching story! Thank you for sharing that!

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  4. beautiful story and photo!
    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog too. :)

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  5. What an amazing mom you have! I'm glad she's a survivor!

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  6. Beautiful story. You've captured such a precious moment in your photo! I love it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  7. What a wonderful picture - with a very amazing woman. My mom was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 1999 (it is a cancer of the bone and blood). She has been such a fighter, although things have been getting progressive worse for awhile now. We are all praying that she will be here to celebrate my wedding next summer - thank you for sharing your story - it is good to hear that your mom has been with you for all those milestones:)

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  8. Thanks so much fro the sweet comment. I think this picture is beautiful!!

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  9. Such a beautiful story and photo. Thanks for sharing!

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