Live Fearless #1: Like Mother. Like Daughter.
Four months ago my mother was diagnosed with a rare, genetic form of cancer called Leiomyosarcoma. We learned that she had already (unknowingly) fought and won her first battle with this cancer seven years ago during an emergency hysterectomy where doctors removed a tumor from her uterus that was misdiagnosed as benign.
Flashback 45 years ago… My grandmother died of uterine cancer when my mother was just 19. In those days, no one talked about “lady parts” in mixed company and no one knew what to ask even if they did.
This diagnosis answered a question that has long tortured my mother. It didn’t make the loss any easier, but it bonded her closer to the woman she’d lost and me closer to the woman I never knew. Now that her death has been defined, we march forward with the knowledge, the tools and a transparency that my grandmother was not blessed to have in her day.
This picture was taken 3 weeks after the first of my mom’s two surgeries. She’s beautiful strong and her mother’s daughter.