Let me tell you about Debbie Burns.
First off, she's my mother. Secondly, she's the most selfless, genuine, compassionate and generous person you'll meet in your life. I've learned a lot from her recently. About two months ago, I got the call no son wants to receive. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, it was caught early. But due to the type of cancer and a dumb gene she has to go through chemo and radiation. She just finished the tough rounds of chemo called "red-devil." Sounds terrifying but she's making it seem like a walk in the park. While I know the treatments aren't easy and that the cancer itself is scary, she's brave, strong, and somehow looking g more vibrant than ever. If there's ever been a woman to kick cancers ass it's her, right now and staring down its ugly face with a smile on hers while she's doing so.
I'm watching her from afar go through this, and what I've seen is not. Woman who's afraid, but a woman who has had friends rally around her, finding strength from those friends, and embracing the moments shes going through with grace and strength. I look at her in these pictures and on FaceTime, post-hair-falling-out, and I see a strength in my mom I've never seen before. I see a smile and vibrance that's showed up more in the face of fear than I've ever seen on her. I'm learning strength and resilience from this unlikely source.
Rally around your people, during their moments. Strengthen them. Be with them. Enable their greatness. It helps. And it shows.