Strong until the end

by AJ
(Toronto, Ont. Canada)

My mom

How does one ever get over the loss of their mom? It feels like a heartbreak I never considered possible… As if a part of me died that day with her… August 14, 2012. 2 days before her 54 birthday….. She lost her battle to Huntington’s after years and years of bravely fighting the disease… Holding her head high, strong until the end… She was always the strong one. Always the fiercely independent woman who could do anything- would do anything- on her own… A single mom with a university degree and a beauty that left people breathless… She taught me to stand on my own two feet and to never rely on anyone but myself… That if I didn’t believe in myself, no one else would. But she always would....

My mother was incredibly passionate about life and fought for everything we had… It was always just her and I… Her little mini-me, and I idolized my mother. Her beauty. Her intelligence. Her strength… Huntington’s may have taken her body, but she fought long and hard to keep her mind, and I was one of few she remembered in the end… Forever remembered as the free-spirit she was, I will miss her undoubtedly until the end of my days… Now it is my responsibility to make her proud and do all the things she never could, but fought so hard for me to believe in…

I miss you mom. Forever...

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Sep 26, 2012
Strong mom
by: Molly

Hi AJ,
I read your letter and was deeply touched. I haven't lost my mom, but I have lost my dad and one year ago my son who was 16. I am still devestated about losing my son and have often though how would he feel if the situation was reversed and reading your letter I think I have more of an idea of how painful it would have been for him. However knowing all that I taught him I would hope he would be like you and plan to live his life how I had discussed with him. Like you me and my son were very close like best friends and I was a single mom so it was just me and him always. This love that single parents have for there children I think is just the greatest love that could exsist and also the love the child has for that parent, because we only have each other and this is a bond that nothing can break except death. I am sure your mom would be so proud of you and how you are handling this tragedy. I live in Toronto too so if you want to email me please do molly12@gmail.com. I would be glad to talk more to you if you need it, I think it would help both of us. If not I understand just keep being all that you can be and know that your mom is sending her love to you. I know I would want that for my son.

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