Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom

One year ago, your birthday was hectic. You were in a waiting room in the ICU while I had my second brain surgery. It was a true emergency and I know you were afraid. What a way to spend your birthday! The timing was horrible. I'm sorry that you have to share your birthday with such a scary anniversary that holds an insane amount of emotion. I hope that in time the brain tumor aspect will fall away to a dull memory and you can just have a happy day.

I talk to you every day, and I know that this tumor is incredibly stressful. You're such a mom, always taking my burdens on your shoulders. Thank you for supporting me, loving me, and protecting me.

One of the reasons why I'm able to conquer this diagnosis is because of you. You give me strength. I appreciate you. You're a mom, a best friend, and an amazing role model. Thank you for working so hard to provide an amazing life. You're generous, kind, incredibly funny, beautiful, and every day I think about how lucky I am to have you.

Happy birthday! I'll see you soon with your favorite, an angel food cake with lemon filling. I can't promise that it'll be any good, but knowing you - even if I mess up the recipe you'll smile, and tell me it's the most delicious thing you've ever eaten.

I love you :)


  1. Jesse don't doubt that this is very happy birthday for your mom for you are alive and kickin'. There's nothing you could do or that could happen to you to stop her loving you with all her heart. I heard that from the horses mouth, oops, didn't mean to call the Bon a horse. Ney, hee, hee, hee. 3 guesses who.

  2. This is an incredibly moving photo. It tells so much. Thank you for sharing and Happy Birthday to your mom. You are both so lucky. :)


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