I truly do not know how I would have begun to handle all of what I have been going through without my mom being here to help me with it all. She literally dropped everything and began taking care of me full time. When all of this started I had no idea what we were facing. I figured we’d come up to New York, do a little chemo, catch a show or two, cut out the lump in my calf and head on home. Needless to say, it turned out to be slightly more involved than that.
I’ve always heard chemo was tough, but you truly don’t understand it until you have been put through it. Especially chemo administered by Dr. Rosen! Haha. He really knows how to knock you down a notch or two! I was an outpatient with chemo being administered 24/7 through a backpack for 16 days at a time, but we spent every day down in the Cancer Center. My mom literally took me down to the hospital every day. She sat by my side as the poison pumping through my system made me sick and even crazy at times (we call it chemo brain). She brought me lunch, made sure I wasn’t cold, managed my insurance claims (a ridiculous task all by itself!) and just generally did everything she could ever think of to try to ease the struggle of going through this ordeal.
And she succeeded.
I am ridiculously fortunate to have a mom who is so unbelievably giving. Her positive attitude and strong faith are inspirational and she has been a great example of what it means to be there for your family. Do you know what a hassle it is to come visit someone at the hospital every day? Fill prescriptions for crazy medicines that are only available in one drug store in the city? Carry everything because the person you are with is on crutches and doesn’t have a free hand? She does all of this and more without a single word of complaint or request for recognition. She is an incredible woman. I am only scratching the surface of how amazing she is and has been throughout this entire process, but the point is, she is a great woman, wife, mother and person. I am truly lucky beyond belief to have her in my life.