Today, we celebrate our mothers, showering them with freshly picked flowers and homemade cards, hoping to express to them our highest appreciation. I am sure we can all argue that “my mom is the best mom ever,” but when it comes to you, wish moms, there is no doubt you are among the finest. You did not ask to be the mother of a sick child, but when doctors told you to sit down as they broke the heart-wrenching news of your baby’s diagnosis, you took a stand – and for that, on behalf of wish kids everywhere, we could never thank you enough.
As far as I’m concerned, all moms have superpowers. But, wish moms are a special breed for many reasons. Whether it is eyes in the back of their head or the ability to know exactly what’s wrong, moms always seem to see right through you. You, on the other hand, have these same superpowers, only intensified. For wish moms, being on standby is more than just having a handy bandage for a scraped knee or tissues for a bad case of the sniffles; it is being on pins and needles for treatments, hospital visits, scans, medications, long days and sleepless nights. When duty calls, wish moms respond with vigilance and valor.Like most moms, you have the remarkable ability to make us feel like everything is going to be okay, even when we know it’s not. Whether it is a shoulder to lean on in the hospital waiting room or a smile and a hug waiting for us after a treatment, you are unceasingly positive and patient. And even when all you feel like doing is crying, you still manage to make us giggle with glee – cracking jokes that could cure any case of the blues. (Or as my mom and I call it, “tumor humor.”) You’ve proven to us that laughter truly is the best medicine, even if it does lead to teary eyes and bellyaches.
As a wish kid, I naturally have the privilege of having a wonderful wish mom. After being diagnosed with a brain stem glioma three years ago, my mom became my sturdiest support system, my battle buddy and my best friend. Every morning, for six weeks, she and I traveled to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for my treatment. Whether it was singing along to songs on the radio or stopping to get ice-cream on our way home she always made the effort to put a grin above my chin.
Although this is a club my mother never asked to join, she, and many of you, have found faith through the toughest fight. I could never image what it would be like in your shoes, having to fearlessly lead the way without knowing what will prevail. Thank you for always being our compass and guiding us through every rough path ahead. We would be lost without you, wish moms.
On behalf of Make-A-Wish,
Happy Mother’s Day!