And the winner is....
Breanna Leary's Mom: CAROL
I truly think my Momma deserves to win the Mother's day challenge. It's kind of a long story. When my Mom was just a child, 8 years old, her memories are of sitting behind a nursing station while receiving dialysis. This was the theme of her childhood until I believe her third kidney transplant in her late teenage years. What a strong woman.
The Doctors told her she would not be able to do the two things she wanted most in life: to be a nurse (due to lifting requirements) and have children. My Mother went on to have four children. Her first child, myself, didn't reach full term. Born 6 weeks early and with complications during birth, my Mom went home and I stayed at the hospital. What a welcome to motherhood. It also turned out that I had the same kidney problems she did. But medicine was different now and at 3 years of age, I had surgery.
She had 3 more children after that and I believe we have had the greatest childhood. My fondest memory is of all my childhood Christmas'; seeing how happy she was to give us all she could. But believe me, she taught us the difference between "I want" and "I need." She was strict enough to shape us into the well mannered respectful young adults we are. There are times I look at other people in society today and I am so appreciative of how my Mother raised my siblings and I. And I'm sure she could not be more thrilled when I made it my career goal to become a nurse. She was always there making sure I did well in high school and that I instantly got into college upon graduating high school.
All that being said, in recent years my Mom has gone through some very very tough times emotionally and financially. I won't go into detail because most of it is personal. She is now a single Mom and still raising my younger brother and sister. My sister in high school with a goal to become an oncologist and my Mom taking her to college fairs and such. My younger brother with ADHD and having some bumps in the road at school, my Mom is always making sure he does his best. My grandparents also live with her in an apartment in her basement. She works full time and was recently promoted to a supervisory position in a company she has worked at for years.
However, my Mom was recently hospitalized due to complications with her kidney transplant of over 20 years. We thought is was time to for her transplant which her Doctor has told her she will need, without a doubt, in the next 5 years or so.
I've told this long story so that you may truly understand my Mother has honestly never ever put herself first. I wish I could and beleive me I could, tell all the stories of her dedication, strength, and selflessness. All of her time, money, and emotion her entire life has been dedicated to children. She needs a day of pampering, especially with the recent changes in her health. She needs this, not just wants it. And I can tell you that because she taught me the difference.