My beautiful mom went home peacefully this morning exactly 16 months to the day after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We took this picture on January 31st while we were waiting for her to have her first surgery to biopsy what we would eventually find out was a grade 4 glioblastoma.
Mom fought the disease so hard and I will forever be grateful for the time that we had her here with us. I told Alex this morning that grandma was happy that he kissed her yesterday and that maybe she was waiting to say one final goodbye to him before she went to heaven and he smiled and nodded.
In my heart I know that mom is now happy and reunited with the 2 loves of her life, my dad and my wonderful stepfather who came into her life after she was widowed and swept her off her feet and loved her for 11 years until he passed away. I told her yesterday that they were waiting for her and that she shouldn't be afraid because they would welcome her with open arms and there would be no more pain and no more needles or medication where she was going and that I would see her again someday.
The Hospice Inn and all of the staff there were so caring and loving to mom and all of us and I will be eternally grateful to them for everything they did to make this process as comfortable for us as it could be.
My dear mother was someone that if you met her you instantly knew she was special and there wasn't one person that wasn't changed by her outpouring of love and compassion for other human beings. She always went out of her way to help others and what she chose for her line of work proved that over and over. Working with infants and toddlers for years and then eventually moving on to caring for seniors in an assisted living community mom always had a job that put her in a caregiver role so for me it was both an honor and a privilege to have been HER caregiver for this last part of her life.
Wherever you are mom, I know there are endless beautiful flowers there and that you are smiling from ear to ear. I love you and miss you and I know that someday we will be together again.