My mom was just diagnosed with Lupus 2 weeks ago. She was hospitalized twice, once last year and then another one about 3 months ago for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. She used to be healthy but for the past year she had been sickly and it is scaring everyone in the family.
I just talked to her 2 days ago via Skype and I noticed that she’s having puffiness on her face which is a side effect of her daily steroid regimen. It saddens me to see her look that way. I know that she is trying to fight the disease as well as remain optimistic about it. I’m glad that my other sisters and their husbands together with my dad are there to take care of her and give her all the support she needs.
Ever since I can remember, my mom was the strongest one. She raised 6 kids against all odds. We’ve experienced a lot of trials and financial difficulties when we were growing up but she made it a point that her kids won’t feel the burden of the economic hardships. I could still recall that in 1986, a great typhoon ” Undang” heat our province, part of our roof was blown off, my dad lost his livelihood and source of income, we didn’t have electricity for more than a month. My mom who’s an excellent cook was able to supply my school with the local delicacy called ” Arroz Caldo” and ” Ginataan” which she would cook in the middle of our house using chopped wood or charcoal like in a campfire. The income sustained us until my parents were able to get back on their feet. My siblings and I being kids then thought that it was just an extended camping activity. We had fun looking for wood and drying them up as well as telling night-time ghost stories with only a single candle to light up the dark room. My mom and dad were able to devise a strategy that made us all feel that it was just a game or a play but whenever they were alone together, they would hold and comfort each other in what they call as one of the hardest times they’ve faced. I found this out when I was already an adult.
All her life until all her 6 kids graduated college , my mom took care of us. She would cook us food everyday, prepare our lunch for school, take care of the household making sure everything was clean and perfect for her little angels but more importantly she would patiently nurse us back to recovery whenever we were sick. And among the siblings, guess who’s the sickest? Yep, yours truly! I was diagnosed with asthma at 6 months old. Back then there were no albuterol inhalation, no i.v. steroids , in short it was the middle ages of asthma treatment. I basically grew up in the hospital when I was less than 12 years old and my mom was the one who would comfort me when I couldn’t breath. When I was struggling for air at night , she would stay awake with me until I fell asleep. I do not know how she did it but I know that she did it because she was an extraordinary woman whose heart is full of selfless love, generosity and concern for her family.
Now that she is getting older as well as my dad , I hope to one day take care of them together with the help of my other siblings and their spouses. I would like to be there when they are experiencing discomfort, sickness, fear and uncertainty just like they were there for us when we were still young and helpless. The cycle of love and life in my family is moving its course and now I have to take my place in that circle.
I know that all of us have a story to tell about our mothers. I believe that all them are remarkable if not heroic for the things they did to make us who we are now. This is our chance to let them know of how much we love them, of how much we appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made in the passing of years not to mention the passing of their youth.
I love you mom and I would like the world to know how special you are not just to us your children but also to your grandkids who adores you. Thank you for being the best mom a son could ever ask for. Happy Mother’s Day.
To all the blogger moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day. If there are any wonderful memories that you would like to share about your mothers, I would be glad to read about them in the comment section. Have a great day everyone.
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