I am running this year race for the cure 5k in memory of my mom that lost her battle with breast cancer with breast cancer on October 10, 2015. Here is my moms story.
October of 2014 my sister and I received a phone a call from our Dad back in Puerto Rico that changed our lives. We could have never imagined that this would be the beginning of a year full of emotions , full of ups and downs. He called us to give us the bad news of what the obgyn doctor told him about the results of our mom's annual breast exam. He told us they found a big lump on one of her breast's that may be cancer. We were heartbroken . I didn't know what to think, what to do or what to expect. We were scared to death for the life of our mom. We didn't want to lose her. She was a healthy women in her 70s that looked more like she was in her 60s. She was a young spirited women and didnt look like her age at all. She was healthy and traveled a lot to come visit us here in dallas to enjoy time with the family and grandkids. She loved her grandkids. They were her life! She was always so happy and playful. She had a soul of a child. She couldn't harm any one. She was always full of life.
A few weeks after, the biopsy results came in and they were worse than we expected. It showed the mass was cancerous and it had spread into her lymph nodes. She needed to start treatment right away. It took a few months to get everything in order for her first chemo because we wanted a second opinion just to make sure we made the best decision for her.
Months later on The week of Valentines 2015 my husband surprised me with the most caring gift i had ever received that i will never forget and will be forever grateful to him. He surprised me with an airline ticket so i could go surprise my mom on valentines day and take her out to dinner. I would be able to be there for her first chemo treatment to support her. I wouldn't have to worry about our 3 kids, he would take them to school, sport activities and everything they needed to do and i just needed to focus and be with my mom for awhile. He has been everything i needed him to be to help me get through the toughest year of my life . I struggle so many days always worrying about my mom, she was back in Puerto Rico and i was here in Texas . All i wanted to do is be with her but knew i had family i need to take care of too.
Mary Linda Drummond