No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.
– Sarah Josepha Hale
As I write this post, I am sitting at the kitchen table at my parents’ house, where I came to visit for the Thanksgiving holiday. The trip took some unexpected turns, as we had to have my mom rushed to the hospital on my first morning in town.
She was having an awful seizure. It was horrible to witness. A vision that I am fairly certain will always stay with me.
Hospital stays seem to be a pretty common occurrence for my mom, who has battled Multiple Sclerosis for the past twenty-one years. Last year she suffered a mild stroke that almost claimed her life. Since then she has been in and out of the hospital, about every three months or so, due to violent seizures.
What amazes me is her strength and humor. As she struggled to recover this week from the seizure, she was having a difficult time trying to speak. She kept laughing it off, with a smile on her face, as she babbled what sounded like nonsense.
It’s the same upbeat spirit that she has had since receiving the Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.
The diagnosis was handed down at the young age of 38. Soon she was horribly fatigued, in constant pain, and caught off guard often, as some mornings she would wake up unable to see or walk.
Today, her bladder no longer functions normally. She needs a walker or scooter to get around, and usually needs my dad or caregiver to feed her. Her short term memory is also pretty much shot. I compare it at times to the same deterioration that can be seen in Alzheimer’s patients. She will forget who she is, where she lives, who my dad is, who I am.
Thankfully, my mom has spunk. She laughs at herself and smiles even while struggling. She amazes me. She is a true inspiration. I am proud to call her, my mom!
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This post was written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing editor, Erica.