Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fight

I came home from school, finished some homework and got ready to go
out to eat dinner with my family.  I remember exactly what I was wearing -
a blue skirt, fitted black top and black chunky sandals.

It was 2001 and I was 15 years old.
My mom sat down on my bed next to me.
"I have breast cancer."
I don't remember what my first thought was, I don't even know if there was a first thought.
It was more like a large amount of rapid thoughts that flashed quickly and continuously.

My mom & me @ Relay For Life 2010

I do remember thinking, "My mom has breast cancer...My mom has breast cancer."
I knew my mom would have to fight.  And I knew it would be a rough road.
I have to say, my trust and faith in God grew tremendously.
All I could do was put my confidence in the doctors that would be caring for my mom.

My mom & me in Carmel - February 2010

After surgery to remove the tumor and months of radiation my mom's cancer was in remission.
When I was a sophomore in college as I was walking to class I
received the phone call - my mom was finally cancer free.

Me, mom & my younger brother @ Relay For Life 2010


And she remains cancer free today.
My mom is the strongest person I know and I truly admire her in every aspect of her life.

So, today - on her birthday - I'm honoring her.
Thank you Mom for being a wonderful role model and a fantastic mother :)

Happy Birthday Mom!
I love you!

16 comments:

  1. Ohh such a sweet post and so emotional (I am crying)
    Happy Birthday to your mom,sweetie
    Those are such a sweet photos
    Kisses

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  2. Happy Birthday to your mom! These are wonderful photos and a great tribute! I'm so glad she is doing well! Thanks for sharing such a touching story.

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  3. My dad had kidney cancer at the beginning of this year. After removing his right kidney and the massive tumor that had taken it over, he is cancer free :) Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!

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  4. Send your mom a very Happy Birthday wish from me! We just lost my Grandpa to esophageal cancer this past year and I think of him every day. While I'll never stop missing him, it helps tremendously to hear stories like your mom's and to know that we are making strides in beating cancer so that less and less people will suffer.

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  5. Kelley,
    This is such a beautiful and sweet post. Happy Birthday to your mom! :)

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  6. Your post sent chills through my body. I'm so happy your mom is a survivor!!! Happy Birthday to one very strong and beautiful lady!

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  7. You're my is such an inspiration. What an amazing strength! I needed a mascara alert on this post. The tears are flying

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  8. Thank you for sharing your mom's story of survival! I'm so glad she is doing well! Happy birthday to your mom! :)

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  9. Happy birthday to your mom! Obviously there is so much love there. I'm envious of women who have such great relationships with their moms. You are blessed!

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  10. Happy Birthday to Kelley Blake's Mom!
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    God bless to all of your family.
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  11. Wow!! What an amazing post. I have tears in my eyes. Thanks for sharing and Happy Birthday to your mom :)

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  12. Wow! I wish your mom a very Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing, and that is such TERRIFIC news for your mom and family! btw...a little off topic, but I think your mom reminds me of Susan Sarandon!

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  13. What a beautiful tribute to your mom! Happy birthday to her and may she enjoy many, many more!

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