My mother was still going to work daily while going through conventional and alternative treatments. I remember the night before she had to go to school to meet my teacher for Report Card Day. She had asked me to pick out something I’d like her to wear, and I picked out an office suit – […]


I am not sure when she discovered the cancer. But to me, something changed forever in 1993 on the day she told me she was going to the hospital for a small surgery. She was 43. The days that followed the surgery in 1993 are somewhat blurred in my memory. She was diagnosed with breast […]

Who She Was – II

Women play many roles throughout our lifetime. We are first a daughter, then possibly a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. Here are some old pictures of my mother, in the different roles she assumed. She didn’t live long enough to see her children marry and have children, but […]

Who She Was – I

Allow me some time to introduce my mother to you. She was a divorcee. She worked as a secretary in the banking industry. As a young child, I’ve never seen her vulnerable, never seen her tear. I’ve only seen her strengths, her beauty, her pursuits. She lived a vivacious life. She dabbled in swimming, singing, […]

The message

This is a story about a girl who lost her mother to cancer. She was 16, her mother was 46. This happened some twenty-over years ago. This story is about me. One of the reasons I wanted to start writing and putting my imperfect choices of words and strings of sentences out here was prompted […]