We take it for granted don't we?
I did until last Friday when I was told by a doctor that my mom has a brain tumour. The news hit me like a ton of bricks. I was sick inside, and sadden at the possibility of losing not only my mom, but my friend. Up until last Friday, I can honestly say that my immediate family has never faced a sever illness, and while extended family and friends have faced hardships, those struggles seemed so distant.
Now, with my mom diagnosed with a brain tumour, life has become so fragile.
I know that fellow blogger Ryan Switzer lost his mom at a young age, and I can't even fathom the loss he must have experienced then, and how much he misses her today.
My brother-in-law lost his dad when he was 20, and still tears up when he speaks about a father he wish he had gotten to know better.
And while my mom is nearing 70 and we've had so many good times together, it pains me to see her suffer. When a loved one is struggling through illness their is nothing more helpless than simply being there for support and letting the doctors do their best to help her through this battle.
I spoke to Shea Weber's mom this week about her battle with a brain tumour. She told me it's now been five years since she was first diagnosed, and she is nothing short of a fighter. What amazes me now is Shea was able to concentrate on hockey during a time when his mom was fighting for her life.
That said, in the past when I heard of other people going through health struggles, I sympathized with them, but only to a certain degree. It didn't affect me directly, so the problem seemed so distant. It's only now, that I face a similar situation, that my heart has grow heavy for what others and their family member may be going through.
Let's just say this experience has made me more compassionate for my fellow man.
What I've been most encouraged by during this tough time is the support of others. Friends, colleagues and even acquaintances have had such positive words for me. I can only take what I've learned from others through this gut wrenching experience and apply it to my life.
How will I respond next time I hear a story of a friend or acquaintance who has lost a loved one or has been stricken with a sever illness? Far different than a week ago. This life changing experience has likely made me a better person, and without a shadow of a doubt has made me a more compassionate person towards others.
Like she did when I was just a little kid, my mom has again taught me a valuable lesson.
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