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Via Rosemary Beaupre, Casey’s mom as Casey heads back to CCMC for three weeks of chemo before her BMT in Boston:
I could go on and on with thanks (and I hope you all know who you are) but I have to especially thank the cancer moms. Annette, Christine, Jill and Lynda are mothers like I am. They too, have kids with cancer. Connecting with them and knowing they are there is deeply comforting. When we were in Rome visiting Liz we visited the Vatican and saw the pieta. I had seen it before, before I was a mother, but this time it was different. It moved me to tears. For me, it is the most beautiful symbol of all mothers, everywhere and for all time, caring for an injured child. For me, she is a combination of limitless motherly love and peaceful acceptance. That image in my mind reminds me that I am not alone, that all of us, together, are a part of something so much bigger and it makes me feel better. So thank you.
with love and gratitude, Rosemary
Moms can really do amazing things, don’t you think? It’s hard to believe that this coming November will be 5 years for us. Most days it seems so far away, like a completely alternate world. It’s those days where you can get wrapped up in the little things and become self-centered. It’s also those days when things seem to be going so well that there is no need to dwell on all of the sadness. Then there are moments where you can be snapped back to reality – a reality that you lived through it and learned from the experience, growing in love and compassion or a reality that shakes you out of your new perfect world and cements the fact that you never know what’s to come.
Moms seriously are amazing. Cancer moms; however, bring caring and compassion to a whole new level. My mom always knew so much about leukemia, other cancers, drugs, diagnoses, treatment plans, support systems. My mom also always knew how to be there for all of us and how to hold our family together. While looking back, I remember times when I was lonely and jealous, looking for the support of my mom even though I knew she could not give it to me because she was at the hospital with Aaron, I also remember the times when she would just hug us for no reason, smile (it was always a good thing when she smiled!), and tell us that everything was going to be okay. Moms are very reassuring figures, and mine has certainly seen my family through an extremely difficult time.
To Rosemary and Casey – a mother-daughter bond unlike any I have pretty much ever seen – good luck today at CCMC and remember – the moms can great for moral support and company, but they’re also really good at making Friendly’s runs for extra ice cream or phone calls for Pizza Plus!
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