Today I have a very special post about one of the most amazing women I have ever met, my mom. Tomorrow is her birthday (a ripe old 32), and I could think of no better way of celebrating from 12 hours away than to tell all of you about how great she is. I know that every son says that their mom is the best, but for me, it is actually true. She is a constant source of love, guidance, and support no matter what I am going through. This last Fall was a perfect example of how selfless she is and how much she cares about me.
Last Fall was difficult for me physically. I caught a nasty, drug-resistant respiratory infection that lasted about 3 months. I ended up being hospitalized 4 separate times, and I even had to have IV therapy at home for a couple weeks. As far as my disability goes, respiratory infections are the main life threatening issue, so this was quite a stressful, scary few months for me and my family. Despite the fact that she had her own plans, over these 3 months she made the 300 mile trek from South Bend to Kansas City to be with me 4 separate times. On top of that, this incredible woman stayed with me for the 2 weeks that I had the IV at home. Even though this meant time away from her husband and putting her own life on hold, she never complained. She was completely focused on my health and comfort.
This is just one of thousands of instances that I could share with you about how incredible she is. What I think is even a stronger example is that even as a grown man of 27, who lives on his own, and has faced death, when I get sick, she is the person I want at my hospital bedside to comfort me. Even at times when I have had a girlfriend and other close relationships, my mom is still the first call I make when I’m scared. Call me a “momma’s boy,” if you want, because with my mom that is a compliment. It is so comforting to know that no matter what she is doing, if I call and say, “Mom, I need you here.” that she will drop whatever she is doing and start driving to be with me.
To the woman who brought me into this world, to the woman who never got a full night’s sleep for 18 years, to the woman who helped turn me into the man I am today, I want to say happy birthday (tomorrow). Thank you for everything you have and will do to make my life as great as it can be. Thank you for giving me the tools to go through life trapped in this body with my head held high, never doubting myself. Thank you for teaching me to smile more. Thank you for being the best mom I could ever ask for and then some. I love you, and I hope you have a great day.