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Happy Mother’s Day…from the hospital

by Greydy Diaz | 8 months ago

This Mother’s Day will be different than any other. On April 26th, my mom suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm which required emergency surgery. I remember her calling me for thirty seconds before her medical flight to the next hospital. The last thing I asked her before I hung up the phone was “do you want me to go home?”. She replied, “yes”. I said “ok, let me figure this out bye” and I hung up the phone.

I tried to make some calls right after but my phone went black. I freaked out but once I could get my phone to work, I called my boyfriend and explained what was going on. I was an absolute mess and he dropped everything at work to come home. When he arrived, I was in the middle of finalizing my suitcase and he booked me the first flight out.

All I could think of was of how I never told my mom I loved her before I hung up the phone.

The one hour and thirty-minute flight from Arlington, Virginia to Boston felt like it was 5 hours. I tried to remain calm and found comfort when the baby from across the aisle started staring and me. I smiled and played hide and seek with the little boy. Seeing such a young soul gave me the hope I needed at the moment.

Luckily, my mom had a successful surgery and is now on the road to recovery. She’s so strong! We are so hopeful but I’ve never been so scared in my life. I saw the strongest woman I know at her weakest. The most vocal person become the quietest. The woman that raised four kids on her own now needs us to help manage her day-to-day. She’s blessed though! She can still walk, talk, move, had zero memory loss, and still has her personality. She’s outgoing, talkative, thoughtful, loving, and protective. We love her for that!

This Mother’s Day, I will be with my mom in the hospital. I’m just happy she’s here and progressing. I’m so thankful for the medical team who saved my mom’s life and the loved ones who have showed their support throughout this entire experience.

If there’s one thing I was reminded of since I’ve been by my mom’s bedside, it’s how much my mom touched the lives of people in the community. Her phone has rung and pinged non-stop. She gets cards every day in the mail and if we allowed her visitors, it would be overwhelming.  We refer to her as Ms. Popular.  She’s always made it her job to be a resource for others and to help those in need. It’s a beautiful thing to see everyone come together for her now.

Someday, I hope to be half the woman that my mom is although she’s always said her goal is for her kids to be better than her. She’s always put her family first and made sure my siblings and I had the tools and opportunities to succeed in life. I’m the woman I am today because my mom challenged me to be the best version of myself and she still does.

Mom, you are the best and strongest woman I will ever know. I am so blessed to be your daughter.

I love you.