My Facebook feed is full of exciting posts about October and fall. I'm not a huge fan of this month because it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everywhere I look is a pink ribbon or reminder of the terrible disease that took my mom away from me. However, I understand the importance and am grateful for the strides we are making in research, early detection and saving lives.
My mom passed away Thanksgiving morning 2005 at the age of 45 after a 9 month battle. She fought so hard! She wanted nothing more than to beat cancer and spend more time with her family. She couldn't wait to be a grandma one day.
Thirteen years ago I ran my first Susan G. Komen Race in Virginia Beach. I ran in honor of the battle my mom, Laurene Tyson, was fighting and in memory of my Nana, Loretta Boitel, that died from breast cancer. Little did I know at that time that less than 6 weeks later my mom would lose her battle to breast cancer. This marks the 12 year anniversary of her passing and sometimes the pain is so raw that it feels like it was just yesterday.
Breast cancer has taken my mom, my mom's mother, my mom's grandmother and my dad's mother. This year is also very different from past years because my Aunt is battling breast cancer. My Aunt Denise and I have always been close. I have wonderful memories with her from my childhood. She has stepped into a very special role in my families life. She loves my kids just like my mom would have. She just completed her first 8 week round of chemo. She is strong and will beat this! It breaks my heart to know that she is suffering and ill from this disease. 💗
Joe and I are running the Susan G. Komen Race in just two weeks with both kids, in memory of their "Nana Laurene in heaven" and in celebration of our Aunt Denise Thomas' fight.
Hayden and Holden will never have the privledge of playing with their Grandma Tyson. She would have spoiled them rotten! She would have loved every minute of watching them grow, play and learn. She would have loved them to pieces; it would have been an incredible love to witness.
The best parts of me came from her and I hope to pass those on to my children. I'm thanksful for everything she taught me and values she instilled in me. It's times like this that I remember she truly is always with me. She was strong, beautiful, silly, loving, brave and passionate. I often tell Hayden and Holden about their Nana in heaven and how much she loves them. I will miss my mom every single day that I spend here without her.
Please consider making a donation today. Every dollar is greatly appreciated!! No amount is too little. I hope that you can make a tax-deductible donation today in support of my fundraising efforts. Let's work to get rid of breast cancer so no other sweet babies have to grow up without their awesome grandmothers! Thanks for your support.
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