Happy Birthday in Heaven! Today we would have been celebrating your 76th birthday. I miss you so much. Thank you for giving me life and for all the blessings of a wonderful childhood. I’m glad you got to see all 3 of your grandchildren before you left us but I wish you could be here to see them now.
After we lost you I really didn’t take care of myself, but you will be happy to know that I’m heading in the right direction now. I know you would not have been thrilled with how much weight I put on but most of that is gone now – and I will work hard to keep it off.
My mom was diagnosed with several health problems before and after I was born – including breast cancer when I was 5 and esophageal cancer shortly after I was married. In 2005, when my youngest was 1 and I had just left my job to stay home with the kids, a brain tumor appeared – almost out of nowhere – and took her within less than 3 months. It was unexpected and heartbreaking – especially since her mind was altered almost immediately and I didn’t really get to spend the last bit of time with my “real” mom. I thought I had taken care of myself in the best ways possible – grief support group, etc. – but no matter how you deal with it, it is still hard to lose someone so close. My dad is still with me but I am an only child.