Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Story of Hope. A Memory of my Mom.

I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes, wondering how to start this post... today is a hard day for me.

It's the 8th anniversary of the day my mom went to Heaven.  October 13th 2005.  She was 53.  I was 24.  She passed away after courageously fighting breast cancer.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of her, but today always hits a little harder than most days.

I believe that sometimes in our darkest moments, God finds a way to show us His power.  In a perfect example of this, I was approached via email by Cameron Von St. James, who is the husband of a very inspirational woman named Heather.  Cameron asked if I would be willing to share his wife's story on my blog.  Of course, I said yes.

This is Heather's story...
In 2005, the same year that my mom went to Heaven, Heather was diagnosed at the age of 36 with plural mesothelioma.  Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.  At the time of her diagnosis she was a young wife with a 3 month old baby girl.  The doctors told her she may have less than 15 months to live.  Heather came to Boston, to be treated by Dr. David Sugarbaker at Brigham & Women's Hospital.  I am a huge fan of Brigham & Women's and truly believe they are one of the best.   Due to a combination of amazing medical care, and what can truly only be called a miracle, Heather beat the odds and is happy and healthy today...and living life as a wife and a mother to her beautiful daughter! 

I watched Heather's video and I couldn't help but wonder about the works of God.  In the same year I was losing my mom, God was working to save Heather.  If my mom had watched this video, back in 2005 as she was sadly losing her fight to cancer, I just KNOW that she would have said "I hope that God spares Heather so she can raise that beautiful baby girl."  My mom always told me that she felt so blessed and lucky to have been able to be my mom for 24 years, and to see me grow into an adult.  I know she would have wanted Heather to have the same chance that she see her daughter grow up.

Not a day goes by that I don't wish my mom was still here.  But I know that she is still here inside my heart.  I know she is up in Heaven and she is free from pain and suffering.  I also know, that just because she didn't live through the cancer, it does NOT mean she fought any less hard than anyone else.  My mom NEVER gave up.  She was a true fighter and she fought until her very last breath.  My mom loved life.  She is and will always be my greatest source of hope, courage and faith. 
Me & My Mom, Jayne Peters, at Clark University on the day she got her Master's Degree.

My hope is that by sharing our stories with each other, we can raise awareness and also raise compassion.  In addition, I hope that we all take a moment to be thankful for what we have.  Life is hard and messy and scary, and it doesn't always make sense.  But at the end of the day, if we have faith then things will work out the way they are supposed to.
xo Nikki

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