I just happened upon this picture of my mom, taken when she was about 15 years old. I had never seen this photo before, but I was going through some things out at my dad's house this past week......and here was this picture.
This picture was taken in 2004 and she passed away in 2005.
Her strength was far beyond what any of us could have possibly imagined. Mother died of Multiple Myeloma.....a rare form of cancer. She was diagnosed in March of 2005 and passed away that same year on August 16th.
Test revealed that she had evidently had this cancer for several years before it actively collapsed her spine. In the time span of about 3 months, mother went from being the height of 5'4 down to around 4'11. Her C4 vertebrae down to the T3 vertebrae collapsed.
It wasn't until just a couple of months prior to her diagnosis that she had anything to say about being in pain. As I reflect back through the Holidays of the previous year, I can clearly see that her stamina was not her norm. As I said before, my mother was a very strong woman. Never would she have wanted anyone to know that she was ill....
RARELY, did we ever her complain about anything.
I will forever, treasure the bond that we had and the memories that I hold dear. I was so Blessed to have her as my MOM...