“My mom didn’t teach me how to love, she lived and let me watch her do it.”
My mom is the most amazing woman I have ever met. Her heart is the size of the entire world! Everyone who knows my mom feels loved by her. She raised 5 children of her own, and she ran an at-home daycare for over 25 years.
She is surrounded by kids everyday and rarely, if ever, loses her temper. (Why didn’t her patience transfer to me?!) She is slow to anger and she is gentle and kind. Kids love her and parents trust her. I trust her with everything!
The strength of my mom is the quality she possess that is most inspiring to me. Shortly after the birth of her 4th child, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was 8 at the time and knew nothing about MS, but I knew it must be a serious condition because I had never before seen my mom and dad scared.
She explained to me that MS was a disease that would attack the nerves in her body. She used an electrical cord as an example to show me and my younger siblings the similarities between our nerves and that cord- “Just like the cord has the plastic coating covering the wires inside,” she said, “our nerves also have a protective coating over them. MS attacks that coating until it hardens and falls apart, leaving the nerves exposed.”
As gentle as she tried to make her words sound, I too became very nervous about how our life would be changing because of this diagnosis. I remember praying so hard for the first time that I could remember asking God to take away this disease.
Over the years I have seen my mom turn into a fighter, and though discouraged and bruised at times, she never gives up and is determined not to let this disease win the battle of her lifetime.
We have been lucky, as her case is slow-progressing, so even after struggling for over 20 years, she is still functioning almost as normal as she was before the diagnosis. She has episodes of unbalance, times of blurred vision, permanent numbness in her fingers and toes and pain and discomfort here and there, but seeing what MS could be like reassures me everyday that God did hear the prayers of that 8 year old little girl.
About 10 years after my mom started fighting MS, her younger sister who was only in her early 20’s was also diagnosed with this disease. Her condition is not as slow progressing as my mom’s and it has effected her physically as well as mentally, making her completely incapable of living on her own. Seeing my young aunt struggle with this disease has me more and more determined to fight with and for all those who are suffering from it.
When my oldest son came up to me a few weeks ago begging to do a lemonade stand, I knew he wanted to earn money for a trip to the toy store, but I only agreed to help him if he raised money for a greater purpose. I took the time to explain to him about charity work and how his lemonade stand could be used for good. We talked a bit about grandma’s condition and he was soon on board and excited to raise money for the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, a charity focused not only on treatments for MS, but mostly on finding a cure for this disease.
One Saturday morning, we baked some cookies, made a sign and headed out the door with 2 pitchers full of lemonade.
The whole family came along for the experience, and in just 30 minutes, we had sold all the cookies and lemonade and had made over $30! (*Note to everyone who stopped by, THANK YOU! I will never, ever, EVER pass a lemonade stand and not buy some lemonade! It makes a kid’s day, I tell ya!) Our first contribution to this charity wasn’t anything spectacular-it was something and it was a start, but Ethan and I want to do more!
I have said before that I feel so lucky to have this blog as an awesome platform to do good and bring attention to issues and matters that are close to my heart. My mom is the best! She is my teacher, my example, and she is my best friend. Proceeds from the sales of items in my shop will be donated in her honor. Thanks for readin