Of course you may say, “sure, everyone thinks their mom is the best in the world” (well, almost everyone), but let me tell you about my mom.
Her name is Tina. She’s awfully young at a modest 46 years of age. Three days before her 17th birthday, she met my dad and it was love at first sight. (Well, once he took a shower.) And they’ve been together ever since.
At age 18 she brought me into this world, soon followed by four more girls and two boys. That’s right, there are seven of us. She devoted her fleeting young adult years to being the best wife and mother she could be; teaching us things like the love of reading, how to press flowers so that they last for decades, and a general hunger for knowledge. She imparted to us her own wonderful autodidactism- an invaluable gift that I will use on a daily basis for the rest of my life.
These days, her children range from ages 12 to 28, and she has four chubby grandbabies. As most of her kids are adults and she’s acquired a lot more free time, what do you think she decided to do with it? She could have just whiled away her hours taking bubble baths and getting manicures. (That’s probably what I would do after 18 years of changing poopy diapers.) But no, she went back to college. Yup, my mom’s in college! She has been working very hard towards a degree and she’s a straight A student. She also took a job in her local library and was a fantastic librarian; she loved it and everyone loved her.
But we forget how drastically life can change from one day to the next. Suddenly we found out that she has brain cancer.
Our world has been turned upside. Our paradigm has shifted. My mom has anaplastic astrocytoma. *Spoiler alert* It’s serious.
In a nutshell, the doctors have given her two options: quality of life or longevity. The latter entails brain surgery, intensive chemotherapy, and a miserable 2-4 years of painful living before it takes you anyway. The former entails, well, actually enjoying what small slice of life is left.
Since both of these options totally suck, she would prefer to take the highly contested natural route. This path entails utilizing a variety of natural methods which are obviously not favoured by the medical/pharmaceutical industry, thus not well researched, but have a rather high count of successful testimonies. At this point, any route is a gamble so she would rather take the one that definitely offers quality of life and perhaps longevity as well.
But here we encounter a big problem. Guess what it is? $$$$$
Like all things healthcare, the natural route is bloody expensive. Let me give you an example: there’s a clinic that provides natural treatment for brain cancer, and with a lot of success, but one month of treatment is $20,000. So obviously access to this sort of treatment is out of the question because who has that kind of money?!
So this is where you come in, dear reader. There are gazillions of dollars on this planet, and I’m hoping we can direct some of it in her direction. Because seriously, she’s a pretty amazing lady.
$3.00? You’re the coolest person ever.
$30.00? You’re the coolest person ever.
$300.00? You’re the coolest person ever.
Really. We appreciate what you can give and small change adds up fast.
This fundraiser closes on February 9th, 2015: on her birthday.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this. It hasn’t been easy to write, but it’s important. For me, for her, for my dad who can’t imagine his life without cuddling that beautiful woman sleeping next to him, for my siblings, for her chubby grandbabies, and for her friends.