Honoring Mothers: In Your Own Words
Posted on May 11, 2013, 11:50 PM
Having one day a year devoted to mothers is a joy, although sometimes it feels like it’s 364 days short of what they deserve. This Mother’s Day, Stand Up To Cancer honors these incredible women by sharing the words of their children.
Over the years, SU2C supporters have written about their mothers’ cancer battles in Facebook messages, emails, and blog comments. Some moms are cancer survivors. Some, tragically, are not. They are all unified not by their cancer, but by the special place they hold in their children’s’ hearts.
We hope the notes below will inspire you to add your own messages in the comments section, and share this blog with the important people in your life. For those of you with moms who have had a cancer diagnosis, don’t forget to visit (or add!) your mom’s star to the SU2C Constellation. Happy Mother’s Day.
“It was watching the way my Mom handled something like cancer with such bravery and courage that brought a new perspective into my life, one which I had never quite distinguished before. She had possessed a special something beyond hope, something I cannot fully comprehend, but I remember seeing it that night in her bright blue eyes.
Witnessing firsthand all that she had to go through made me such a better person than I ever was before. I learned to appreciate so much more. I learned to love more, and was inspired to do more. Through all the chemotherapy, the radiation, the surgeries, and various other treatments, she never lost a bit of hope.
And now, four years later, my beautiful Mom is happy and healthy and continually displays to all what can be achieved through the power of amazing courage and endless faith.”
- Amanda M, Sparta, NJ
“After losing my friend and my mentor, who just happens to be my mom, this week to the indiscriminate disease of cancer, I realize more than ever this dreadful disease needs to be squashed. What I feel right now, the hurt, confusion, anger, and of course sadness shouldn’t be something anyone goes through.”
-Kevin R, Portage, MI
“If I have any kind of voice because of what I do for a living, and my experience that I had with my mom, if I can get someone to get their mom to the doctor’s sooner… I will have succeeded in some way.”
-Minka K, Actress, Los Angeles, CA
“My mom is a two-time breast cancer survivor and my sister is currently battling stomach cancer. I want to remind them, and all women, that they are beautiful, despite their scars.”
- Aseel A-G, Lexington, KY / Vienna, Austria
“When she passed away on Sunday morning in hospice, she was surrounded by her family. Today I had to bury the most amazing woman, and I got to call her mom. Please continue to fight for cancer research!”
- Jennifer H, Dillsburg, PA
“My Mom and I went through cancer together at the same time. We had each other to lean on and could understand. My sister, an oncology nurse, was our rock to get us through the process. Family who stick together can stand up to cancer!”
-Wendy H, Baldwinsville, NY
“I love my mom, and will be with her at chemo tomorrow.”
-Ashley S, Louisville, KY
“We had so many more years that we could have shared together, and I wish she could be here with me to witness what I have done so far. Hopefully she would be proud. I hope that with more awareness and funding toward cancer research, this disease can be a thing of the past. Although my mother lost her battle, I’m still here to fight and be an advocate for her. Creating this pendant brought back many memories – the good and the bad – but most of all it reminded me of the strength my mother had when she stood up to cancer.”
-Alex W, New York, NY
“My mother battled colon cancer the same time I was going through it. We shared our stories about ports, chemo and raced to see whose hair would grow back first… She wouldn’t leave until she knew I was ok.”
- Laurie C, Sand Lake, MI
I stand up for my mom, who survived gastric cancer, and I stand up for everyone who lost their mom to cancer. To the ones still standing keep fighting.
“I’m thankful to be spending another Mother’s Day with my mom, who has had recurrences of cancer 3 times since 1984, and currently has a tumor at the base of her spine. She can no longer walk as a result, but we still go for picnics by the river whenever she calls and tells me she’s headed there!”
-Kia J, Rockville, MD
“It’s the mothers who have lost their lives to cancer that fuel my dream to help end cancer. We need to find a cure—for the sake of the victims and for the sake of their families. I may not know firsthand what my grandmother went through when she was diagnosed, but I know exactly how her loss has affected my mother. It is such a painful journey and I can only hope that my children, and my children’s children, won’t ever have to face the terrifying prospect of a life with cancer.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom, and all the mothers around the world.”
-Alison S, Actress, Los Angeles, CA
If you would like to stand up in honor of a mother, mother-in-law, stepmother, grandmother, aunt, or anyone who’s made an impact in your life, you can launch a star in their honor in the SU2C Constellation at: www.su2c.org/constellation
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