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March 8th is International Women’s Day! A day focused on women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias, and celebrating badass girls around the globe. I love everything about this. That means celebrating all women – but especially those that inspire, empower, and break barriers.
I’ve had so many wonderful and impactful women in my life, but by far the woman that has had the biggest impact on me is my mom.
My favorite thing about her? She’s still here…even though she isn’t supposed to be.
My best friend, my inspiration, My mom
Maybe you’ve heard that one a bunch, maybe it seems cliche, but I won’t apologize for saying it because it couldn’t be more true. Throughout this post, I’m going to tell you why my mom is better than yours. Yes, you read that right. And I will argue with you until I’m blue in the face.
She's the toughest woman i know
I’m not going to tell you my mom is a weight-lifter who eats burpees for breakfast. But I will say – this woman has experienced more physical and emotional pain than anyone I know. Yet here she is, stronger than ever. I’ve honestly never met a more resilient woman in my entire life.
Cancer. The worst c-word in the world
My mom was diagnosed with Leukemia when I was only 6 years old. Since I am the baby of the family, (youngest of 4) this fact was hidden from me, at least in the beginning. My assumption is that my family felt I was too young to fully understand what cancer even meant. And they were right.
I came to find out about my mom’s diagnosis by a child at school in the playground. I still remember it like it was yesterday. The conversation went exactly like this:
Schoolmate: “I heard your mom has cancer.”
Me: “What does that mean?”
Schoolmate: “It means your mom is going to die.”
So there’s that.
Let’s just say that I did not take that news very well and ran home bawling my eyes out. A pretty traumatic experience for a child.
The second traumatic experience occurred when I accidentally walked in on my mom in the bathroom one day, so sick that she couldn’t get off the floor.
One of the “fun” memories I had was playing dress-up with the Dolly Parton wigs that she bought. Yes, Dolley Parton has a wig line, and they are pretty awesome.
When I look back on these memories as an adult, I can only imagine what those traumatic experience were like for my mom.
Throughout the entire sequence of chemo, radiation, and other horrific experiments they basically did on her, she held strong. I don’t remember even one time where I saw a moment of weakness in her. I found out as an adult that a big part of it was her need to stay strong for the rest of the family while secretly pleading with God at night. She told God that if it was her time to go, then she was ready. She didn’t know how much more she could handle.
All I know is that she made it through, and she held her head pretty damn high while doing it.
My mom found out she had Leukemia by accident. She went into the doctor to have a skin cancer removed. The doctor decided to send it to the lab to make sure it was nothing to worry about. They also did some routine blood tests. The blood tests showed her white blood cell count was way too high and she was then diagnosed with Leukemia. The doctors told her that IF she responded well to treatments, she might live for 5 more years, and only 6 months if she did not. I can’t even imagine what a diagnosis like that would feel like and I pray I never have to.
I remember my mom being at my prom. I remember crying. I remember thinking that she wasn’t even supposed to be there. I get emotional when I think about the fact that, according to doctors, she isn’t supposed to be here today. I know that it is nothing short of a miracle. And while there is no cure for Leukemia, God knows that she is supposed to be here and I’ll never take that for granted.
My rock, My Muse, My biggest fan
I’ve been through some pretty traumatic personal experiences in my life and while nothing will hold any weight in comparison to what my mom has endured, I will say this: I don’t think I could’ve gotten through any of it if she wasn’t here.
She’s the one who has literally picked me up off the floor when my boyfriend in high school was in a horrific car accident, landing him in a coma for 5 months. She was there when I toilet-papered houses in town and ended up in juvenile detention. She was there holding my hand when I had to put my dog down that was dying from stomach cancer. She was there when my marriage fell to pieces and I had no idea what I would do with my life. She has never once stopped loving me. She has never once been so disappointed in me that she gave up on me. She has always, I repeat, always, been there for me. No matter what.
I’m forever grateful to have had her in my life to help guide me back to where I needed to be.
And when I say she’s my biggest fan, I mean that. She literally has a top fan badge on my Facebook page. I find that both awesome and amusing. She’s the real MVP.
She reads all my blogs, social media posts, watches all my videos, and supports me in everything that I do. There’s no one else I’d rather highlight for International Women’s Day, than her.
International Women's Day
This is why, as I celebrate International Women’s Day, I celebrate my mother. Regardless of anything she has ever, and will ever, go through, she puts others first. She always has. She’s constantly making meals for other people, visiting the elderly who have no one, and looking for any way to serve those around her. I’ve never met a more selfless human being in my life. Every person that has ever met her, loves her. And there’s a reason for that.
She’s also the world’s best grandma! She taught special-ed preschool for a very long time and she has a way with children. Pictured below is the annual tea party she throws for my nieces. Hint: the kids aren’t the only ones who love it (cough)I do(cough)
She also remains extremely active! Treadmill every morning and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. You can also see her hiking places like Aspiration Trail with me!
I’m so grateful we did this photoshoot! The opportunity to frolic in the mountains together and really capture our relationship on camera. If you’ve ever wondered where I get my quirkiness from – I got it from my mama.
Want some of the cool swag we are sporting? Of course you do.
I’m so grateful to live close to her so that I can spend time with her regularly. She also feeds me more often than I’d care to really admit, but I won’t apologize. She’s the best cook in the world.
And even though we live 5 minutes apart, I still call her every day. Sorry, mom. Apparently you need to know what I’m doing every second of my life.
So here’s to you! You have done so much for me over the years. You taught me everything about life and so much more. You are my best friend and I love you more than I could ever truly put into words.
We all know the world couldn’t run without women and today we take a second to honor and recognize all of them!
What strong woman do you recognize today?