It is not possible to put into adequate words the amount of support I drew from my family during my cancer experience. The day I was diagnosed, my Mom and I were doing our Christmas shopping at Yorkdale (as is our tradition, we take one day off and do ALL the shopping for everyone in one day!) I hadn't been feeling well for a while, despite repeated doctors visits and tests, so we cut our adventure short and I went to the doctors yet again. I was sent for x-rays that afternoon, and thankfully Mom stayed with me because the x-ray radiologist came out into the 3rd floor hallway at St. Mike's Hospital and told me point blank she thought I had lymphoma. This was in the top five scariest cancer moments - my life changed in the blink of an eye, in public, and it was absolutely shocking. I can't imagine being in that hallway alone, and I am thankful every day that my Mom was with me. I went down a long road of treatment and recovery that included over 40 nights in the hospital, 3 blood transfusions, a surgery and countless tests, pills and beeping IV machines - Mom was there for it all, and quite literally carried me through.
Thanks Mom for all that you've done and all that you continue to do for me. You are a shining example of selflessness, positivity and love and we are so lucky to have you as our Mom!
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