Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, stepmoms, bonus moms, aunts, grandmothers, and mother figures out there. I have been blessed to have two wonderful mothers, two loving grandmothers, and several cherished aunts. Both of my moms have always been there for me.
They were the ones who took me to St. Louis for my Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy in 2005, outpatient PT appointments, doctor’s appointments, dentist appointments, and Children’s Hospital Boston.
My moms were my biggest advocates growing up as well. They called insurance companies, talked to doctors, and wrote letters. As a child, I was grateful that I didn’t have to do that by myself. As a disabled person, it is very overwhelming to advocate for yourself.
In between medical appointments, my mothers packed me lunches, helped me with my homework, cooked dinners, drove me to school, read me books, and always made sure I knew I was loved. I never doubted that both of them loved me.
I could never repay them for their unconditional love and support. They have worked so hard to allow me to be where I am today. My parents have always made sure that I have food to eat, a place to live, and clothing to wear. I am fortunate that they adopted me, and I love them both very much. Blood does not always make a family; love is what truly makes a family.
I am forever grateful to my moms for all of their love. It is difficult to express in words just how much I love both of them. I hope my moms know today and every day how much I love them.