Mom was diagnosed with and incredibly rare lung disease 3 years ago.
I will get the exact name and post it later. For a woman who hasn’t been in a hospital since giving birth to me,
this has been a most difficult time in both our lives. What has happened is that she has aged incredibly in a 2 week period.
From 135 lbs to maybe 105 lbs soaking wet. Shocking!!
At first all the doctors were screaming cancer, and frankly, I believed it.
As the only son of a now 75-year-old woman, life has shaken both of us.
We are now at a junction where I have to decide everything for her.
I have no problems doing this . I have to think and re-think every detail. Ultimately I always have
her best interest at heart.
I’ve been labeled a “good son”. It doesn’t feel good to watch your mother go through what
she is going through. The impotence is increasingly frustrating. Watching her spiral downward and me fighting not to let it happen.
She has given her whole life for me. With out exception, prejudice, without a second thought. And even in her current condition
she unknowingly continues to do so.
She continues to teach me through example, sacrifice and persistence. Just being at her side.
In making sure all her medicine is taken correctly. That she is hydrating properly. That she eats and gets proper nutrition. (a most difficult task at times).
She continues to give without expecting any form of reciprocation. She will continue to give of herself until her last breath. I know it!
How could I possibly repay that? How? How? How?
And the answer comes:
Live by her example.
She will live through me, I through her example.
Like her I will:
Smile and say hello to others. (even when others may not)
Continue to learn frugality.
Maintain focus through humility.
Value people over possessions.
Face life on its terms.
And through this blog:
Pay her example forward !!!