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My Mom: My Friend

  • March 31 2011

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    My mom, Linda, died at the age of 59 on February 16, 2003. Throughout her life, she always put other people first. She always tried to take care of her health. She, like myself, always enjoyed working with children in special education classrooms. This was her way of making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. We started to notice that she was forgetting things. Sure enough, she was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2003. Throughout all the chemotherapy treatments, she fought the cancer with courage, dignity, and strength. It was very difficult to watch her go from being an active person to one who was not active. She took care of me my whole life and was my cheerleader - being there for me when I needed her most. When she was diagnosed with the cancer, I returned the favor by being her cheerleader and being there for her when she needed me. I miss her a lot. My biggest message for loved ones who have someone diagnosed with any cancer is to be there as much as possible for these individuals like I was for my mom.

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