MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH... Mimosas? Essential. This is my mum Gayle, she is a wonderful, warm, funny, generous, mad, magic, loving, sarcastic, sassy & selfless lady.
She cared for me my entire life not knowing that I had a rare connective tissue disease. Never knowing what was wrong, why I was always sick, injured & in pain... & seemingly not getting better.
Mum always researched as much as she could & was the fiercest advocate for my health nonetheless.
She went all "Lorenzo's Oil" on me, on more than a few occasions. One that springs to mind was her tirelessly researching how to manage severe asthma in the library (ahem, this was pre-interwebs & Google, kids)... then promptly enrolling me in swimming lessons (because anaerobic exercise was good for my lungs, she was right). Another time mum LITERALLY saved my life the day that she ignored medical advice to “just take me home to rest & wait for the blood test results in 3 days". Little did we know at the time, I was going into full blown anaphylactic shock (now attributed to MCAS) & drove me straight to the hospital; encouraging me to stay awake as my throat swelled & closed over.
I often feel awful for everything my illness & injuries have put her through over the past 36 years. If I ever verbalize that to her she jokes, in her trademark dry, sarcastic way: "If you were a dog we would have put you down by now, Danielle".
Handling adversity with humour is most definitely something that I got from my mumma. In fact, my file at the children's hospital was so thick she would joke that child services would come after her one day!
My mum has nursed me through more surgeries & procedures than I can count & in the last 4+ years, in particular, has been my biggest source of support.
No, my family isn't perfect, FAR from it. Whose even is?! Though we may argue from time to time, we all know each other REALLY well & love each other because of (& sometimes in spite of) that fact... as opposed to a less insane but polite, surface level family connection friends often describe with their own relatives.
I am so grateful for the love & support of my mum, it means the world to me & I love her BIG heaps (actual measurement).