Do you have a hero? A person you would like to emulate? Someone you look up to? A person who inspires you? This person doesn’t have to be famous or known world wide; they don’t have to be an executive of a fortune 500 company either. This person is just whoever you want to be or who inspires you. I have a person like that. I have someone that has many characteristics I would love to posses. Her name is Barb and she is my mother.
I am very close to my mother or mama, as I call her. I see her at least once a week and usually speak with her multiple times a week on the phone. She is my mother, my friend, my confidant and always in my corner. I feel extremely blessed to have this relationship with my mother. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Now that you know the person who inspires me and is this crusader’s hero, I will tell you why.
My mom travels through life with an insurmountable will, strength, grace and integrity. She has been through hell and back, losing both of her parents by her early thirties. She has had the same husband for over 30 years and four children. I have watched her unfailingly stand by my father’s side through each of his medical complications; there have been many during the past 30 years .Last year for instance, she would work a full 8 hour day then travel 2 hours to visit my dad in the hospital every night after a back surgery. There was another 2 hour drive home before a quick dinner finished the day. She did this for an entire week. Even if we only visited with my father for 20 or 30 minutes, we made the 4 hour trek each day.
My hero has stayed by my side through my entire MS journey thus far. She has accompanied me to many doctor’s appointments, tests, infusions, and hospital stays. She puts the well being of others above her own and I don’t think she realizes just how much she is loved and appreciated. If I could have just a sliver of the will and grace she possesses I will be a very lucky individual. I can’t imagine the strength required having a husband with medical complications and a daughter having her own complications as well. I am sure it is overwhelming, heartbreaking and painful for her at times. Yet, she focuses on the positive saying there is always a silver lining.
I don’t think I can ever repay all the sacrifices she has made for me. I can never fix all the heartbreak and pain my condition or my father’s has caused her. I just strive to show her how much she means to me, how much I appreciate it and that I would do absolutely anything I could for her. So when you read this mama, know that I love you and that you amaze me everyday!