Disclosure: I received a CPK gift card as a thank you for sharing the sweepstakes. My letter to my mom is sincere and all my own.
I’m one of those people who has a difficult time expressing how I feel sometimes. I try to express my appreciation to people, but I’m not sure I do a very good job of it sometimes. My mom is definitely one of those people who got the short end when it came to my gratitude. I think she knew I loved and appreciated her through my actions, but I really could have done a much better job of telling her that I loved and appreciated her. Everyone needs to hear, at least once in their lives) just how appreciated they are.
I didn’t take the chance to tell my mom just how much she meant to those who loved her before she passed away so I hope you don’t mind if I take the opportunity now.
It has been almost 3 years now since you left us, a bit early, I might add. But I know you are much happier and more comfortable where you are now. You had 12 wonderful children who all love you very much. I know you were really worried about some of us at times, but I wanted to let you know that we all turned out pretty well. I know things weren’t easy for you. We had tough times, but we also had fun times.
Me, my siblings (minus a few), and my mom on a
family cruise to Catalina Island. My mom is 3rd from the left.
You sacrificed everything for the NICU babies you cared for. One of your NICU baby mothers had this to say about you,
She is a huge reason my son, Ronan, is alive today. I was told to stop care because he had a stroke at 12 hours old. She literally was the only nurse who told me to ignore the rest [of the medical staff] and have hope. She was amazing. She somehow knew he would be okay. I did everything she said as far a therapy goes and it’s working. He shouldn’t be able to walk, but he does. 1/4 of his brain is missing from the stroke, and yet he can talk and has no developmental delays. It’s like she is his angel now. I wish I could explain more clearly how she saved my son. [The medical staff] literally had me feeling like I was being selfish by keeping him alive even though my gut told me to keep him alive. I will never forget the day she told me that I was his mom and to tell them no not to take him off because it was my right. I had no one. Ronan’s dad left because he couldn’t handle a baby like him. My parents live in another state. I was all alone facing my child’s possible death, and she helped me find the courage to fight. I will never forget her…not ever.
I know you never understood when you were with us, but I hope that you understand now, and feel just what a difference for good you made in the lives of others. I love you always and look forward to the day when I’ll see you again.
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