My Story- Patty and me
by Shawn C.
Mom on the Left in Maine
My mom had been battling stage 4 kidney cancer since June 2013. She lost that battle July 14, 2014. After a year of treatments, it was up and down with the prognosis. However, the evil disease won in the end. Every day, I wonder why. My mother was only 52 years old, in good health, ate organic, was a community advocate and volunteered wherever she could. She had multiple articles written about her in the local papers (not just obituaries) that mourned her death. She was the best mother and person in the world. She would LITERALLY give the clothes off her back to a stranger in need. I am guilty that I didn't spend as much time with her as my siblings before she got SICK sick. I have a career and was always working, too tired to drive all the way home. Now I would give anything to relive the past year to spend every last second with her. I didn't understand the severity of my mom's situation. Yet, I think she wanted it that way. She was beautiful, both inside and out. My friends in school always called her "the hot mom." Haha. But her beauty inside was what stood out to all that met her. She is my role model, my best friend. And now I am having a hard time imagining or even accepting that she is not just a phone call or Facebook post away. I don't know how I will be able to accept it. She was far too young and had much more to accomplish in her life. I cry every day and can't seem to pull myself together to really accept it.
I love you Mommy and will miss you until I can join you once again. I can't wait for the day I can hear your voice again.