Racing for a Cure for One Tough Momma

October 19, 2011 by Hollie Burns  
Published in Beauty

Why we should all race for a cure for breast cancer, celebrating the survivors and remembering those who lost the battle.

This Saturday my family will participate in the Race for the Cure for the umpteenth year in a row.  I say umpteenth, a southern term, only because I am guessing.  When we first started, it was mainly to just have some girl time…away from the daily grind.   We would do the race and go to breakfast, then it was naptime because we all got up so early on a Saturday.  I was in my early 20’s when I started participating just as a fun day with the girls.  But as I get older, being there brings tears to my eyes.  It’s emotionally overwhelming to see all those women working together for one great cause.    

A few years ago, my own Mother found a lump in her breast.  This disease had hit home.  She could probably give you more details than I can, because, I personally was in a daze.  I remember being at the hospital when they removed it and being told that it was contained and didn’t appear to have spread.  That sounded good, I thought.  But they also told us she would still need multiple treatments of chemo and radiation.   I’m not sure how accurate this is, but 50 treatments sticks in my head.  Again, I was dazed by it all.  

My Mother worked at a retail store, on her feet, in heels no less, all day long.  She dressed up, put her make-up on, just like she had done for so many days before the diagnosis.   She would take treatments in the morning before work, work all day and do it all over again the next day.  I don’t know if it was because I had a small child of my own, but I ask myself to this day, why didn’t I go with her to those treatments?  She probably woundn’t have let me go, even if I had pushed the issue.  She worked every single day of treatment with those black X’s on her feet.  She didn’t try to hide them.  Maybe they were a source of pride for her, of exactly what she was battling.  Maybe they gave her strength.   She doesn’t talk about it much, but when we have discussed that time of her life, her voice gets a little quivery.  She says she had to just keep thinking positive, and that’s exactly what she did.  

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  1. Margaret Boseroy Says:

    A truly touching story. Thanks so much for sharing–your mother is a great inspiration.


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