LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH.. THAT IS WHAT MY MOM WOULD WANT... BUT IT IS HARD.
by madelaine Tamayo
(Miami Beach, Fl. USA)
I lost my mom last Thanksgiving 2012.. she had lymphoma, many Chemo treatments, with killing side effects. She was 81 ..She had a young heart, mind, spirit..words cannot describe how she was my best, very best friend.!! I was there with her. all of the 7 months thru chemo.. I am a nurse and sometimes I regret to have been so medical instead of just a daughter.. I know she knows I meant to keep her alive.. is hard for me to accept we lost our fight .. we went to many memorable trips together, we celebrated, and laughed with our mutual friends. She was very special to all. She knew how to live life to the fullest, always smiling..
One of our friends send me this poem, I do not know the author, perhaps many have seen it before. but it has helped me a little:
lIVE ,lOVE ,lAUGH
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all she's left
Your heart can be empty cause you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind.
be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what shed want:
Smile, open your eyes, live, love and go on.