When my mom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, it didn’t fully register that, as a family, we would be dealing with cancer. I can’t remember how long it took before we actually said the “C” word amongst ourselves, but it sure didn’t take long until the severity of our situation was apparent.
My memory of those days are a bit of a blur. I don’t remember the stress. I don’t remember being tired. I don’t even think that I cried much. Although as I write this, my eyes fill with tears. Because we did it! And I’m so proud of my mom because looking back, I can say that she was determined and positive. It is incredible what we can accomplish when faced with real adversity.
It was my cousin who told my mom about Hope Connections. It was instrumental in keeping her positive and helping her mitigate stress. I cannot express in words how grateful I am to Hope Connections for the support that they have given us. When I walk through the doors, I feel enveloped with peace. It’s so powerful to be in a place that’s sole purpose is to help people heal and cope with cancer.
If there is one positive thing that came from this journey it is that as a family, we are closer than ever. We are mother and daughter, but now we related to each other as women; having fought and overcome this moment in our lives.