My Mom

This is my belated Mothers Day post. The reason it is belated is because I have been reflecting on how to best put into words how fortunate I am to have the mother that I have been blessed with.

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.

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9 Responses to My Mom

  1. Joan Gregory says:

    You wrote this so well. WE are soooooo fortunate that she is in our family. What a caregiver she is and we do love her for that. As it says in Psalm 121:2, my strength comes from the Lord. Your mom, my sister-in-law, let the Lord give her this strength. It is a beautiful tribute and so well deserved.

    I can’t wait for you to get home.

    Love, Joan

  2. Ashley says:

    I love this!

  3. peggy redfern says:

    This one brought tears to my eyes! I sure hope she reads it.

  4. Judy says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom, Rob! I’ve always known her to be a remarkably loving and giving person and you just verified that! I have no doubt she would say she wouldn’t have had it any other way but to be by your side! But you, too, have been remarkable through this process! The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, you know? :-) God bless you both!

  5. Robley Shirey says:

    Rob, you are so right…your mom is an incredible woman. I have been thankful to call her my friend and have so often been the recipient of her kind words and actions. Your post is a lovely, thoughtful tribute. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

  6. Peggy Guthrie says:

    She is indeed an incredible person. I love having her for a friend and family member.

  7. brenda johnson says:

    what a beautiful tribute to your mother…and yes, you truly are greatly blessed to have such a devoted and caring mother beside you…God bless and strengthen her.

  8. Gari B. Lugar says:

    Amen to all of your words and all of the lovely comments. Your Momma, Roslyn, is an absolutely amazing Proverbs 31 woman!!! She loves you so much, that she wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere but every single day by your side. Watch out…….she might want to move back to Atlanta with you. HaHa! We are all so happy that you have such a fabulous attitude. Wishing you speedy rehab……….. Gari Lugar

  9. ada says:

    im a little behind on reading your blog
    great picture of you and mom you look older
    mom does not

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