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#MapForMomContest Winner

Congratulations on your winning story, Danielle! What a wonderful story! We hope your mom loves her Map necklace!

Selfless, courageous, caring, patient, and humble are all words that could be used to describe my true hero, my mother. She has made it a habit to always put others first. Whether it has meant waking up early after an exhausting 12 hour nursing shift to attend one of her children’s sporting events, or working an extra job in order to send my brother and I to college, she has always sacrificed to ensure that we felt supported and had endless opportunities to make our dreams come true.

My mom has always been my number 1 fan, and best friend, so when I started dating my boyfriend, Brian, 3 years ago it was important to me that my mom approved. Brian had moved to Indianapolis for a job after graduation, leaving his entire family behind in Kansas. It didn’t take long before my mom had adopted Brian as her third and favorite child. Whenever Brian or I needed something, my mom was always there to save the day. Brian and I had always joked that my mom was the modern day Wonder Woman because no task seems too big for her to defeat. Little did we know we would soon learn how true that statement was.

Last April, Brian found a suspicious lump, and being an active 26 year old, brushed it off to a gym injury. When my mom found out about the suspicious lump, being a R.N. and a mom, she called and scheduled Brian a doctor’s appointment for the following day. That was a day that would change our lives forever. Within a week my healthy, 26 year old boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer. With one, 6 letter word our entire world had fallen apart. After the word cancer, Brian and I heard nothing. Thankfully my mom was also at the appointment and asked the questions that she knew we would have after we had time to process what we had just heard. Within 2 hours of being diagnosed with cancer, my Wonder Woman mother had talked with some of the best doctors in Indianapolis and had Brian on their schedule for the next week.

After a whirlwind of a year, I am thankful to say that Brian is in remission. As I reflect on this past year, I could never thank my mom enough for all she did. There have been countless times that she has worked a 12 hour shift and then driven across town to meet us for a doctor’s appointment.  She is always the first to offer a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to listen.  I truly believe, the day she scheduled Brian’s appointment, was the day she saved his life.

            Brian and I are now engaged, and are planning our dream wedding with my Mom!