I want to wish all of you beautiful, vibrant, and hard-working women a Happy Mother’s Day!
If you’re a man, then I wish all of the gorgeous women in your life, a Happy Mother’s Day too!
I also wanted to take this opportunity to apologize, and to share with you why I’ve been largely absent from my blog over the past year.
As some of you may have heard at Your Plant-Based Guide Conference in 2018, my mom’s breast cancer had returned and had metastasized throughout her body and to her bone marrow.
My mom’s health began to decline rapidly after the conference and she was finally open to trying alternative methods, so I intensified my search for natural substances that could defeat her cancer.
I was also informed, immediately after the conference, that one of my dogs (Latte) had cancer and that, at most, she would live another 18 months.
In addition to researching for my mom, I threw my effort into researching canine mast cell tumors and came up with a treatment plan to, at the very least, keep her healthy and pain-free for as long as possible.
Fortunately, Latte is doing well. I attribute this to the fact that dogs make great patients and eat pretty much whatever you feed them, including lots of cancer-fighting supplements.
Tragically, however, today is my first Mother’s Day without my mom.
She fought valiantly for as long as she could, and I tried my hardest to undo the effects of the chemotherapy, but her body and immune system had sustained too much damage.
On October 30, 2018, at approximately 9:00 p.m., my mom took her final breath surrounded by everyone she loved most in the world.
To say that her passing and painful last days were difficult for me would be the understatement of the century; I fell into a deep depression of which I could not pull myself out.
Being an empath, I felt every bit of her unbearable suffering, and I replayed and relived each moment that I spent caring for her in her final month, second guessing each decision I made.
I never realized that one could feel such immense and overwhelming pain, yet continue to live and breath.
Please understand that I do not wish to make you sad today.
My hope is that, in sharing my loss with you, you’ll set aside the time to truly celebrate your own mother today and always.
I also pray that you’ll take time to take care of yourself each and every day.
As with my mom, YOU. ARE. LOVED. more than you even know!
You mean the world to someone – most likely, more people than you can count! Without you, they would be lost, so it is absolutely NOT selfish to take time out of your day to exercise, prepare healthy meals, and get the rest that your body requires to prevent and reverse disease.
Your loved ones will thank you for taking care of yourself, because they’ll enjoy more years in which they’re able to spoil and celebrate on Mother’s Day!