Happy Birthday Mother!

Today is my mother’s 87th birthday. It is now 68 days after her surgery. The days leading up to the surgery, I never thought of her birthday. After the surgery, I was just glad to see the part of her throat heal from the operation.

We have decided against radiation treatment. It was one of the most difficult decisions we had to make. Her next appointment with the surgeon who operated on her is another month away. Without any post surgery treatment, we are all praying and hoping if the residual cancer cells should procreate, the doctors can still prescribe a timely intervention.

Now the most precious thing is to focus on the present. My mother’s biggest birthday gift is the gift of life today and the days after today she can enjoy with her family and friends. Almost everyone in the family will be home later to celebrate her birthday. Those absent are overseas. I am sure they will be present in spirit.

Sometime in the last decade, my mother stopped being dramatic and became matter of fact. She also stopped crying. Even in the most stressful or painful situations, she never shed a tear. She is easily the most positive in our family. Until recently when her health was better, she was always laughing or at least smiling.

Happy Birthday mother! It has been a rough ride in the last three months. But one we rode together. You have been brave and you have faced most of it with a happy face! Today we celebrate your birthday by counting our blessings!

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2 Responses to Happy Birthday Mother!

  1. 决明 says:

    今晚的星星特别多,云妈妈的睡衣好熟悉啊!突然间好想念妈妈。。。
    云妈妈,不必担心太多,忘记是谁说的:天塌下来当被盖,船到桥头自然直。不去电疗,反而更好,顺其自然快快乐乐的过日子,是最好的良药。
    幸福是什么?对云妈妈来说,现在就是。
    云妈妈,祝你:
    生日快乐,幸福永远!

  2. Karen Louis says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

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