Thank You Mom For Always Staying Strong

Thank You Mom For Always Staying Strong

Dear Mom,

It was 15-years ago you delivered the shocking news you had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I couldn’t imagine anything more unfathomable than not having you around and present in my life. That for me was terrifying. I didn’t know what the next steps were.

I relied on the Internet, trying to learn everything I could about breast cancer and what our family was about to go through. Sitting with you at your doctors’ appointments I took copious detailed notes so I could be as informed as possible. I would go home and search the Komen website for answers to my questions. The educational materials were just so strong, informative, and certainly helped us as we learned what this was going to be. It was the start of my journey.

There was nothing more painful than walking into your hospital room after your mastectomy, seeing you in a kind of pain I’ve never seen before. I know the loneliness and isolation you felt going through breast cancer. 15-years ago you didn’t know anyone else who had gone through this disease. None of your friends had any experiences with it.

You weren’t alone.

Your company rallied around you and became a sponsor of the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, which motivated you to go and participate in the walk. It motivated me to become a donor of Komen South Florida.

You weren’t alone.

Standing on the stage during the Survivor Ceremony, your fellow survivors lifted you up in that moment. You were one person in a pink shirt in a sea of pink shirts. You knew then the power of what other people had been through, the power of hope that existed.

You weren’t alone.

Two years later as you walked across the finish line at the Race cancer free and carrying your first grandson, you knew the power of community. You made sure those that were new to the journey never felt alone.

So thank you, Mom, for always staying strong and showing me the importance of the fight against breast cancer. This Mother’s Day, and always, I’m thankful that you received the care you needed when it mattered most.

Komen was there for our family so no one ever was alone.

Kate Watt
Executive Director
Susan G. Komen South Florida

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