Growing up I was incredibly lucky to have several circles of family and friends around me that I knew I could count on no matter where life would take me. I grew up with amazing cousins and in a great neighborhood where we were routinely around a few special families that to this day I view as an extension of my own. These people are part of who I am today. I still see them as surrogate parents and siblings even though we don’t cross paths with the same frequency as we used to.
Recently, one of these families was hit with some news that is absolutely heart breaking. I am mentioning it here only because the family has decided to be very open and public about the situation in the hopes that an inundation of prayers and support will make a positive difference in a situation that could use all the positivity that it can get.
The long and short of it is this: Emily, a young mother of three young children, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. For more detailed information, you can read here:
I grew up with Emily’s husband and I don’t know Emily that well, although we have certainly met. But, here is what I do know.
Mothers are strong.
You have to have an incredible amount of strength to be a mother. Most of the time it is a quiet, persistent strength that gets us through the daily challenges. But, when it comes to the well-being of our kids… that strength becomes super human. No one messes with our kids.
And in my opinion, that is exactly what is going on here. Yes, Emily is the one who is sick, but it’s not just about her anymore. Any parent can tell you that. This is about her family and she will fight this for them.
If anyone has a chance to beat this thing, it will be a mother… it will be Emily.