BENEFITING: BREAST CANCER COALITION OF ROCHESTER INC
EVENT DATE: May 10, 2015
80 years old... quite a milestone.
Mom will be 80 this year.
Exactly 10 years ago she chose to have her lumpectomy on August 17th, her 70th birthday. What a funny choice I thought at the time, but we will always remember. And, we do.
Remember all the thoughts and feelings of that day, of the fragility of our time together, of life, love and family... the relationships that make us whole.
I think 80 is more of a milestone to me than to my mom. We moved this year to a new home in anticipation of her coming to live with us some day. I just had a driveway guy give an estimate yesterday for adding on to make a 3rd space.
Her aging is tangible to me.
To her, she continues to buy thigh highs at Free People in the mall and to live like she's a teenager. As she should. That's Alice.
When did I become the responsible one? The planner? The worrier? Why didn't any of you tell me how painful moving is. It's like childbirth when you forget the pain over time, but man it sucks when you are still living out of boxes after a month (and can't find the damn BJ's pack of sponges that you know are in your house somewhere).
It was a decade ago mom had a baseball-sized tumor and 11 affected lymph nodes. Today, you wouldn't know it. She's in great health. She says she's good for another 5 years on her own. I will have to learn to just let her be.
Mother's Day, I will run the 14th Annual Pink Ribbon Run & Walk. Well this year it might be more of a shuffle than run, but that will give me time with my thoughts. Maybe I'll think of my aunts and how they are doing as survivors. Maybe I'll remember the relief I felt from the negative genetic testing results of last year. Maybe I'll read the signs on people's back and nod so they know I also salute those who they run for. All I know is that I will celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by breast cancer.
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