I’ve been very fortunate in my life to have been able to meet and interact with a lot of amazing people. They range from very successful in business or in the entertainment industry to people who have devoted their lives to others, especially children.
I’ve met family, mostly mothers, of chronically, seriously ill children and been amazed by their strength, hope and dedication to making sure their child’s life is the best it can be – even when its cut tragically short.
With all of that – the person who has had the most influence on my life – is my hero…and it’s my Mom.
Now she’s never cured cancer, or written a prize winning novel or scaled the tallest mountain, but she created a life for me that was filled with knowledge and strength.
Coming from modest background – her mother – my grandmother, was a very hard working woman. Even those she was mostly abandoned by her husband (as was my mother), she worked hard to ensure her children had the best she could offer. She passed this on to my mother.
My mother had us young and didn’t receive the support financially or emotionally from my father. It was a challenge to her to provide for us but she NEVER made excuses nor compromised on raising us well.
I was taught manners, to be respectful and always to focus on my education. I learned by her example how to be strong under great obstacles and stay true to myself.
My mom has been my biggest champion and my best friend. I would not be who I am without her love, support and the example she set for me.