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My Mother Died.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

My mother died.

These are words I didn't expect to say for quite some time as she was only 71, but she's gone. My heart is broken and I am struggling to get back to myself, my routine and my responsibilities. I am a very high functioning person - under normal circumstances - but I feel such despair that I feel as if my functionality slips away a little more day by day.

Since my mother's passing on March 11th, I've gained 10 lbs. She was buried in New Jersey, so I spent several days with my siblings wallowing in sorrow together eating pizza, deli and pounds and pounds of Italian cookies. I ate when I wasn't hungry, didn't think of the calories - I just ate because it tasted good. I think that part of my felt that if I filled my belly, my heart would get full again. The rationale part of me knew that it wouldn't make a difference - yet I did it anyway.

My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer the 2nd week in January and she died less than 2 months after her diagnosis. The hope was that she would be treated and have a normal life - with some limitations, of course. The treatment was going to be aggressive, but she was motivated and ready to fight for her life.

Then she got the flu and was in and out of ICU for over a month.

Over the course of her hospitalization, I would work and travel during the week and then drive 5 hours down to see her on Friday nights - staying with my sister through Sunday. Mom was in good spirits and was of the mindset that she would get out and make it to chemo so she could start kicking the cancer. Unfortunately, that wasn't meant to be.

She didn't want to die. She shared that she had so much to live for - and that was what drove her forward. She wanted to be there for weddings, graduations, great grand-children.

On Feb 28th, I got a call from one of her treating providers. She wasn't doing well. I had to come immediately. I was supposed to leave for a business trip to the Philippines on March 2nd and I had been incredibly stressed for weeks prior about being half-way around the world-knowing that she could take a turn for the worse at anytime. That time had come and I was grateful that I was still stateside. I backed out of my trip and I packed up my kid, my dog, my Robby and headed down to Charleston. During the drive, I coordinated logistics so my son could come to Charleston from his college in Florida.

I cried the whole drive.

I surprised mom by being at her bedside when she awoke the next morning. I'll never forget the look on her face when she saw me. Her eyes lit up and she said "my sweet girl, you have no idea how happy I am to see you!" We sat for hours that morning talking about everything that we needed to. We shared secrets, laughed at our many shenanigans over the years and cried about what would be.

She didn't want to die. I say it again because she was adamant that she was going to push through. She was determined.

Mom shined that weekend, she was energized, engaged and alert. She got out of bed and spent a lot of time with my kids, my brother (who flew in from Houston), my sister and her family. She loved Robby and spent time with him too. It was hard to believe that her days were limited.

Sunday came and everyone started to leave. At last it was just my siblings and I. I had decided not to go to the Philippines. I was going to work from the hospital so I could be by her side. Throughout the week, my sister, brother and I were at her side 20 hours a day. It was wonderful being together again - but so hard to see her deteriorate day by day.

The three of us formed a bond that is stronger now than ever before. Throughout our weeks together, we talked and cried for hours everyday. We understand each others pain because we are all a part of her - we share similar histories and we each loved her the way one loves their mother. Unique, special, eternally.

The following Monday my sister received a call early in the morning. Mom had declined and we needed to come immediately. It was the morning of March 11th - the very worst day of my life.

The three of us sat by her side throughout the day until she took her last breath at 3:05 PM.

I cannot describe the depth of my sorrow - I really don't have the words. What I can share is that I am heartbroken and don't think that I will ever be the same again. I don't want to exercise, I don't care what I eat - there are days I over eat and days that I don't want to eat at all. I don't care if I'm fat or thin, whether my clothes are tight or lose. I don't care to wear make up or do my hair. I just don't care.

All I want is my mother back - and it's not possible.

I'll end with this - during one of my conversations with mom that week she said "Losing a parent is the worst feeling in the world. It rips your heart out because you wish you just had a few more minutes with them and there’s no more time.

There are things left to say that will never be said. Just know that you were loved. Loved beyond comprehension and that when the time comes and you think those thoughts-remember these words and how much I loved you.”

Rest in peach Mom. I love you xo

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    Bless you. It hurts SO much to lose Mom. I hope you are coping a bit better now. I pray for your strength.
    711 days ago
    So sorry for your loss. We're never ready to say good-bye to a parent. My aunt passed away last week, and it was hard to watch my cousins go through everything. I'm glad you had the time with your family - continue to lean on each other as the next few months go by. Sending hugs and prayers.
    789 days ago
    I am SO sorry for your loss. You're Mom was right, there is no loss like that of a parent. I was 33 when I lost my Mom (she was 62) and 42 (Dad was 72) when my Dad passed... But never ever think there are more things to say to them. You can always talk to your Mom, and she will always be listening.... As we pass Easter/Passover, I know how difficult the holidays can be, but never think your are alone. May you find peace and comfort as you go through this process....
    790 days ago
    What a beautiful written memorial on your mother's heartbreaking passing. My heart is with you and all her loved ones as you go through the sorrowful days ahead. Like you I was blessed with sharing in the sacred time of my mother (and father) passing. Some of the hardest days in life and yet so very blessed to share the time together in this time. Wishing you all the best ... may the stories and memories of her life and love bring strength and comfort in this time. Peace be with you.
    800 days ago
  • _BABE_
    My condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss.
    811 days ago
    My heart hurts for you. emoticon
    812 days ago
  • NEEDBU66
    My heart goes out to you. There’s such a great pain in losing your mother.
    812 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. My mother passed away too and it has been almost 6 years but it seems much longer. I still miss her every day. What keeps me going is knowing that I will see her, my dad and my younger brother again some day. And it will be in a much better place. Keep the faith, it's all we have. I am praying for strength for you and your family as you go through this difficult time. Hugs.
    813 days ago
    So sorry for your loss. No words can ease your pain, only time can do that.
    I lost my Dad unexpectedly in January and I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that he is really gone.


    813 days ago
  • LIZZIE138
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know you are numb right now. I am praying for you and your family.
    813 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/30/2019 6:30:35 PM
  • LINDA7677
    Prayers to you and your family for strength at this difficult time.
    813 days ago
    so sorry for the loss of you mother I hope that you know that she is in a better place and in no pain

    813 days ago
    Part 3. So glad that you and your family had the time to say goodby. Stay close to your siblings. Peace and comfort
    813 days ago
    Part 2. On way to sign in choir. She was by herself in the car. There were no goodbys, sharing of experiences or expressions of our love for each other and what we shared Yet I am at peace knowing we had each other and always communicated regularl
    813 days ago
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this painful tI'm No things will never be the same BUT there will be a new normal eventually On Jan 27th I got an unexpected call from brother in law saying my younger 71 year old supper healthy and active
    813 days ago
    So very sorry. Prayers to you and your family.
    813 days ago
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