This year was a special birthday for Mom. Her first birthday as a cancer survivor.
Mom was diagnosed nearly a year ago with stage 1 breast cancer. Through surgery, a wonderful doctor and compassionate nurses at the James, a wonderful radiologist in Cambridge, and her faith and determination; she kicked her cancer's ugly ass.
Last year she was also diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, which was causing her terribly severe face pain. Now, with the help of a doctor who finally listened and some strong medication, she's kicking it's ass too.
Go Mom! It's your birthday!
I'm not listing the struggles she's endured to relive the last painful year. She'll probably be upset with me that I even posted them. And that I cursed, but that one she's probably pretty used to by now.
Listing them is meant to show what a strong, faithful and determined woman my mom is. She went through a lot in her 64th year, and came out on the other side with a clean bill of health and a stronger faith. She also came out on the other side of 64 with a new role in life - a pillar of strength and empowerment and hope for women in her community who are battling cancers of their own. And there are unfortunately a lot of them.
Mom is an incredible Christian woman who exercises the gifts God gave her every moment of every day. She embraces life, listens to God's guidance and touches everyone around her. I'm so proud of her grace and moxie. I'm so proud to call her my mom.
Here are some photos of the awesome afternoon we spent with her and Dad yesterday celebrating this special birthday.
Mom and Lori - both looking beautiful in the warm sunshiny day!
Mom opening her birthday present - tickets to see Barry Manilow!
Lena and Grant snacking on chips.
Dad and Lena swinging together.
Mom and her two oldest grandsons.
Dad pushing Sam and Lena on the swings.