Being a mother is a great gift. Probably one of the greatest gifts a woman can receive. But of course, there are also tough times, from the moment our children are born until forever. Because let’s be honest, we will always worry about them no matter how old they are right?
But you know what is tougher? Being a mother with incurable chronic illnesses. From my pregnancy to the ridiculously painful and complicated delivery, it hasn’t been easy for me. But now that my little is 8 years old and growing into a handsome, sweet and the most gentle loving little gentleman, I couldn’t be more grateful.
But not all days are smiles. Not because he is a bad kid, because he rarely does anything wrong, but because I struggle a lot. That makes me feel bad at times because that means for him, he gets stuck at home with me will I lay in bed in pain. I wrote all about it on my latest article over at The Mighty. Check it out here.
On all my social media, I do talk about everything I battle so it brings awareness. I don’t do it for pity or for people to feel sorry for me type of mood because I’d like the exact opposite. Scoliosis, Fibromyalgia, migraines, seizures, strokes, headaches, and tumors which are all I battle, don’t have cures. So I talk about them so people, including doctors see that there are tons of people who struggle daily with this and obviously this isn’t a way to live. Some are better at handling it than others but I’m waiting for the day that a cure is found.
In honor of mother’s day, The Mighty , which is a GREAT website for those fighting a variety of disease, made a list of the top 14 Badass moms with chronic illnesses. And guess who was featured on it?!?! ME! I am pretty honored to have made that list, considering the millions of other moms out there fighting every day like I am. While I am not happy that I have to battle this every day battle for the rest of my life, I am proud of my son who understands it.
I do my best to set the right example to him about what it takes to chase after your dreams and doing whatever it takes to make it a reality. He has seen it first hand and sees the struggle and the triumphs. He helps me on my weak days and congratulations me on the days I win. He reminds me to never give up and is cheering me at the races jumping up and down screaming his heart out. It’s not easy being a mother with chronic illnesses but having a child who accepts them, understands them and knows what to do when they attack makes going through it is a tiny tiny bit easier.
Thank you The Mighty for the feature and the honor in this article.