Monday, April 18, 2011

Goodbye, 16 Cathy Road

This has been a very tough year for all of us. Mom died on February 28. The two weeks leading up to her passing were a whirlwind of emotions and tough decisions. My siblings and I all hung together and tried to do our best for our Mom. We carried out her wishes until the very end. We knew what was important to her, and what wasn't. We made sure that she knew she could trust us to make the right call on her behalf, no matter how big or small the decision.

That's all over now. It's hard to believe it will be almost 2 months since she's been gone. To say I miss her incredibly so is the understatement of the century. You never realize just how much you depend on your Mom, and how much you look to her for guidance on everyday life, until she's gone.
I never took her for granted. I knew how precious our time together was. She had first been diagnosed with cancer when I was expecting Christopher in 2005. We got a few good years and then boom, it came back. She fought so hard. She was so incredibly strong, so incredibly brave. I've never seen anyone so brave in my entire life. The suffering she endured throughout all of her chemo treatments. The side effects of the chemo, and all that goes with it. Trying every chemotherapy drug that was made available to her, no matter what side effects they brought. She did it. She did it because she wanted to live. She wanted to live as much of her life as she could and be with her children and their families. We all meant so much to her and she made sure we knew it.

Time has elapsed and it's time to say goodbye to the house we grew up in. This weekend, we did just that. Mom's house has been cleaned top-to-bottom thanks to the heroic efforts of my family members. My sister, my brothers, and all of their families pitching in however they could, to help. I spent the day on Saturday working my way through boxes of items that she had, and going through it all.

Soon, this house we grew up in, this house we loved, this house where every single happy memory you can ever imagine happened-will be for sale.

I hope that whoever buys this house, and decides to make it their home, will have as much joy and will feel as much love as we all did growing up on 16 Cathy Road.

Mom's 75th Birthday Celebration at Chris and Lisa's house. She looked great!

With the boys at her house, Christmas 2010

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