My wonderful mother lost her battle with breast cancer twenty years ago today. The second photo here was taken on her 75th birthday in late 1991 when we had a huge celebration for her. Two months later she and I were both diagnosed with breast cancer. She did not live to see her 76th birthday - she passed away two days earlier.
I will share a 'lighter' story with you re the top photo. If you look closely you will see a hint of red in my attire - red tights - but it was Christmas (1991) after all so that is my defense. My mother did not approve of women wearing tights and I knew that. James was taking the photo and she kept asking him to zoom in because she didn't want my tights to show. I kept saying, "not that close" and back and forth the discussion went. It was a very happy moment and James captured a lovely image for us.
I used this photo a few years after her passing when we launched the Comfort Heart Initiative in mom's memory. Thanks to Bell, 30,000 brochures were printed with this photo giving a face to the story about mom and I.
My mother taught me so many things. RIP mom. I am still trying!
From the heart,