Hey Gratisouls, welcome back for episode 4 of my series of INSPIRING WOMEN. So far so good? Right? So for episode 4 we have another blogger with us.
Her name is Gabrielle, but most people just call her Gabbie. She lives in North Carolina , U.S.A, with her husband, a cat and a dog. Gabbie works as a graphic designer and marketing assistant. Apart from this she loves writing, her relationship with God her family, and the opportunity to voice her opinions.
Gabbie blogs over TheOpinionatedone.com. So let’ get started and find out who is her inspirational woman!!
S01E04: THE OPINIONATED ONE
“In the past five years, I’ve had a life-altering stroke, found out I had blood sugar problems, had cancer, had a foot reconstruction, had your grandparents going in and out of hospitals and rehab centers…When will it stop?”
I was kind of puzzled, as I didn’t know exactly how to answer my mom, who was crying on the other end of the phone. I know that, in this awesome series that Gratisoul is putting together, you’ll likely see a number of posts about how the guest blogger’s mother is their biggest inspiration.
This can seem like a pretty over-used idea. I mean, we all spend most of our youth with our mothers, so they seem to be the easiest people to thank for inspiring us.
But I couldn’t mean it more: my mom, Susan, is my superhero.
HOW MY MOM BECAME MY SUPERHERO
My mom is adopted, so I’m not biologically related to my grandparents. Life wasn’t all that simple for my mom. After being married for a few years when she was young, she and my dad separated and subsequently divorced.
With two children to raise, she took various jobs as a medical billing assistant in different doctor’s offices while we lived with my grandparents. Being a single mother is undoubtedly hard, but I know my brother and I made it more difficult for her than we should have.
But, despite long days at work, my mom always found time to do things with my brother and me. She never missed a game or a band performance. If she did, she made sure my grandparents could come so that we never felt unsupported.
On holidays, no matter how small, she would decorate our doors and make us feel special. This woman would get up super early in the morning to lay out Valentine’s gifts, hide Easter eggs, or make us a special birthday breakfast. I don’t know if she felt like she had to do something extra because our family wasn’t very traditional, but I’m blessed that she did it.
When my brother and I went about selecting colleges, we both ended up at private institutions. My brother went because he was a football player and he was promised time on the field. I had toured Methodist University (the college I attended) when my brother did and decided that I wanted to attend that school.
WHY SHE IS MY INSPIRATION?
My mom could have said no, but instead she decided to take on parent debt to help us get through school. While I was in school, I believe in my junior year, my mom had a stroke.
While my mom is still able to write, talk, walk, and do ordinary tasks, she, unfortunately, lost feeling in her right side. After her stroke, she found out that she had a number of health issues. All of these things contributed to some other health problems down the line.
Not long after her stroke, she found out that she had uterine cancer. She had a hysterectomy and, luckily, the cancer did not return. About a year ago, she was diagnosed with Charcot’s foot. This is a disability usually found in stroke and diabetes patients. It basically weakens the bones in the foot.
She stayed in a boot for four months and recently found out that the condition has moved up to her ankle.
Aside from her own health problems, my mom has also been managing my grandparents, particularly with care for my grandy (grandfather) as he has been sick for the last six months.
I think that, unbeknownst to me, my mom became my superhero whenever I was young. However, it wasn’t until our most recent exchange that I really realized just how hard it’s been for my mom. She gave up so much to dedicate her life to my brother and me. On top of that, she lets me call and rant about my bad day, all while dishing out some motherly love and advice.
She’s my hero without a cape. She’s my hero that is currently rolling around on a knee scooter, checking on my grandfather nearly daily, managing her health, and putting up with my whine-fests.
Putting things into words on a computer screen is my specialty. I sometimes find it difficult to form my thoughts during a conversation. If I could say anything to my mom, it would be that her life is precious to me. No matter how hard times get, she can always lean on me. For 25 years now, she’s been my superhero. She’s done so much for me. She often tells me that she feels like a burden, but I don’t always know how to tell her that she’s been a blessing.
So, when you get the chance, give your mother an extra hug. Let her know that you appreciate the things she sacrificed for you. So seldom do we give our mothers a genuine “thank you” for what they’ve done. Do it today. You never know what tomorrow brings. Show them you love them, and that they’ve inspired greatness in you.
If you loved this opinionated and inspirational blogger, go show her some love!! You can follow her on the below mentioned links!!
Twitter | www.twitter.com/gemusiclover
Instagram | www.instagram.com/gemusiclover
Facebook | www.facebook.com/TheOpinionatedOne
Until then live positively and happily!!