Mom Writes One Last Letter To Her Daughter Before Dying And Has The Internet In Tears
"Before my mom passed she wrote us all letters. This is mine. Please hug your parents a little closer and never take them for granted because you never know when you could lose them.
Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer is July 2016. At the time of her diagnosis they told us it was a very rare form called Sarcomatoid Renal Cell Carcinoma. It had already spread a lot and it wasn't a curable form, but they started her on chemo in hopes that they could buy her some time and possibly shrink her tumors enough to remove some of them by surgery. After trying 3 or 4 different chemos they finally found one that worked for her and she was approved to have surgery in June 2017. It was a major surgery that was very risky. In the surgery they removed her right kidney, 30% of her liver, and her gallbladder. Before the surgery she was told how risky it was and that it was very possible she wouldn't make it through. She wrote me, my dad, and my 3 siblings these letters before her surgery thinking that she wouldn't make it through the surgery. The surgery went well, but her body never fully recovered and unfortunately we had to put her in hospice early in October.
My Mom passed away Tuesday evening (Oct 31, 2017). We found these letters after she passed and didn't get to read them until she had already passed. When she wasn't in the hospital she was always smiling and positive, even though everything in her life seemed so dark. She never seemed angry or complained about her diagnosis, even when she was going through so much pain. She always said 'There's people who have it much worse than me.' She was the most selfless person I know. She always was worried about others before herself. She was a special education teachers aide at our local high school before her diagnosis and her students meant the world to her. There were students who had to walk to school or didn't have the best home life and she would always go out of her way to give them rides to school or donate old games and furniture to them. She loved us kids more than words can describe and she was seriously my best friend. I feel so lucky to have been given this last year to get even closer to her and to really appreciate having her around. I wasn't going to share the letter at first but the more I read it the more I felt like I had to. It perfectly shows the kind of person my mom was. So loving and caring and always worried about others more than herself. I can't even imagine how hard it was for her to write the letter, but she knew it was something that we would need in order to get some type of closure. I had no idea so many would be touched by the letter. I've had so many people from all over the world messaging me and offering me condolences or telling me the story of how they lost their mothers also. It's amazing and warms my heart so much. I feel so blessed to have the letter and I'm never going to take it for granted because so many people out there who have lost a parent wish for something like this. It's been so hard without mom here and I'm still struggling with it, but I know she'll be watching over me everyday. I love you momma."
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