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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Mama Jetplane

Today is my mom's 49th birthday! Yes, I have a young mom and a fabulous one at that. She is a wonderful woman that is not only a cancer survivor but a survivor in general.

In 1979 at the ripe ol age of 19 she became pregnant with me. She married my father on NYE in the Catholic Church in 1979. And lil ol me came out in June 1980 followed by my lil brother in May 1984. Unfortunately, my parents marriage was not the happiest and my father wasn't the best father or husband for that matter. They were separated and we moved back to live with my grandparents in Illinois around November 1985. I remember the timeframe only because I started a new kindergarten and there were Thanksgiving decorations up in my classroom.
My mother was 25 years old, married, divorced, with 2 kids, and no job. She's a fighter, a go getter, and the strongest woman I've ever known (besides my grandma).

She fought tooth and nail to work and provide for us as best she could and luckily we had the love and support of my grandparents who allowed us to live in their old house rent free (which was next door to my great-grandparents).
She met my stepfather while I was in 5th grade and married him when I was going into 8th. We moved to his house and his hometown when I started high school, which caused ALOT of drama. But she tried to help me through it as best she could. My grandmother, also had breast cancer, passed away while I was in high school and my mother's world was changed forever. She was only girl and youngest in a family of 4 kids and she was now to be the glue that would hold her family together.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in Sept 2008 but thankfully she is now cancer free. She is preparing for her upcoming reconstructive surgery this fall.

She is the best mother in the whole world and I'm so honored to call her my Mom.

Happy 49th Birthday Mom!

Love you and miss you...

18 comments:

lola said...

Such a sweet post! Cancer and facing our parents' mortality is so scary, but it's much easier when they put on a brave face and take it head on. What a strong and fabulous woman to look up to!

USCEmily said...

What a wonderful birthday tribute to your mom- she sounds like such an amazing lady!
Happy birthday, Mama Jetplane.

sarah said...

Have a fantastic birthday, Mama Jetplane!

Mrs H said...

That is such a sweet post, Happy Birthday to Mama Jet Plane!

THE Stephanie said...

What a sweet post. Happy birthday to your mom. :)

Via said...

Aw, happy bday to your mama! My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 08, and is waiting for her reconstructive surgery as well. Our family has the same kind of history, too! ;)

Sole Matters said...

what a great post! what a great way to wish her happy bday!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Aw, I hope your mother has a wonderful birthday!

Jen and Rob said...

What an inspirational story! Hope she has a fabulous birthday!

Windy City Kelley's said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! Sounds like a great Mom to have :)

Running In Stilettos said...

Nothin beats a love between a mama and her baby girl!

It Is Everlasting said...

Oh that is so sweet, your love for your momma comes through so clearly. My mom was in a similar situation, divorced at 27 with two kiddos. It's amazing how they did it. Happy birthday to your fabulous mom!

Miss E said...

What a sweet birthday tribute to your mama. She is beautiful and strong, and I can tell how much love there is between you two. Big birthday wishes to Mama Jetplane!

Ashley said...

Happy Birthday, Mama Jetplane! She is beautiful!

silver star said...

Talk about a woman with strength! Happy Birthday Mama Jetplane!

Sarah Ann said...

What a sweet tribute to your mama. She sounds like an amazing lady.

Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

Your Mom sounds like an amazing woman. How lucky you are to have her as a role model! Happy Birthday Mama J!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

Sweet post. So glad to hear your Mom is doing so much better!

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