In May of 2007, my Mom was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 57. Metastatic means that the cancer has spread beyond its original source. At the time of diagnosis, my Mom's cancer had spread beyond her lymph nodes to a number of her bones. Eventually her cancer spread to more bones and a number of organs and in August of 2009, when I was 22 years old, she lost her battle with the disease at the age of 59.
This blog is a creative outlet for me so I do tend to shy away from talking about my Mom. However, I did share my story, "I'm an Everygirl and I lost my Mom to Breast Cancer," on The Everygirl.
If you are dealing with the tragedy of losing your mother, I highly recommend the book, "Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss, Second Edition" by Hope Edelman. I read it shortly after she passed away and it made a tremendously positive impact on me and I recently re-read it for a second time.
Grief is a journey and one that is best not taken alone. I carry my mother in my heart and I am blessed to have her guidance and strength within me, every single day.