June 3rd is a big day in our house. It was the day everything changed.
On this day, I became a caregiver in an instant. My dear, feisty Mama was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which ended up being an extremely rare brain cancer with a prognosis of 2-5 years. She has shown incredible strength and determination to beat the odds. Surviving brain surgery, radiation treatments, and a small ischemic stroke has left her with physical and cognitive disabilities. I have been her 24/7 caregiver since the start. I am proud of the work I have done to keep her alive, comfortable, and happy. And I am soul tired.
Many days are still a struggle. Caregiver life is not easy. It is relentless. And it can be thankless or full of negativity. Caregiving takes a physical, mental, and emotional toll.
And so, five and a half years ago, I started writing this daily blog about finding something—anything—just one good thing in the day. It can be anything from tasty food to flowers in our garden, or a nice card in the mail, a funny video, an art project, or a visit from a friend. Sometimes it’s an adventure or something that makes our lives easier. Whatever it is, together we find the good in every day.
And today we celebrate this beautiful, difficult decade that we’ve survived together. May we all beat the odds! And may you find strength, light, and laughter in your days!
Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was making it to the 10-year mark! Thank you for joining us on this journey. What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! And remember, kindness is everything!
On this day…
- 1 year ago: Happy 9 years to Mama!
- 2 years ago: Peony time
- 3 years ago: 7 year miracle
- 4 years ago: Ferry Building by FaceTime
- 5 years ago: The miracle of a prognosis beaten