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In honor of Mother's Day this weekend, I thought we could talk about the important role of mothers in everyone's life.
I have an incredible mom who reads my blog every week. She's my biggest fan. No matter what's happening, she's always there to cheer me on. I'm so lucky to have such a great role model — she taught me so much about caring for others.
As you think about your mother — or the mother figures in your life — what words do you think of? I think of caring, loving, nurturing, kind, strong, constant, empowering and patient.
Consider your own path from diagnosis to treatment and recovery — remember when what you really needed most was the love and kindness of a mother. It might be your mother, a family member, a friend, your partner in life or other survivors who have been where you are and know just what to say and do to make you feel loved and cared for.
Next time you feel that someone is struggling with the emotions and stress of living with cancer — think about the things a mother might do (it's ok for the men too).
Reach out to others with your mothering care by:
Some days it's hard to know what to say — so instead show how much you care with kindness and a personal connection. Remember how special it is to feel cared for like a mother would. It's one of the best feelings I've experienced.
I'd love to have you share your stories about the mothers in your lives. Follow me on Twitter @SherylNess1. Join the discussion at #livingwithcancer.
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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I truly enjoyed this post. I am a stage IV metastatic breast cancer patient. My first reaction was, but my mother has been gone for 5-1/2 years now. But then as I read on, I recognized the many friends and family members who had ministered to me over the years in the ways that you describe. An interesting aspect of nurturing for me is that the comforters have changed over the course of my illness. I was first diagnosed and treated in January of 2005. My grown, married children, my little granddaughters, and a few very close friends are now my comforters. Thank you for a most insightful post.
On hearing my diagnosis and dire prognosis my mother told me I had to get out of the way for the next generation. I said "You first."
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