When we asked our readers for photographs of who inspired them through cancer, we received beautiful stories and images about spouses, nurses, doctors and friends (Photo slideshow: Who Inspires You?). We also received submissions from patients and survivors who said that it was their children who inspired them. It’s also hard to forget that many times, they also act as caregivers.
Here are a few of the stories and images we received. If you were inspired by your children — no matter their age, I hope you will share your story, too!
My daughter traveled back to North Carolina several times during my treatment from Seattle to help and give me positive encouragement. I treasure all the special times we shared during my treatment.
Donna, of Winston-Salem, N.C.
My son, Kyle, stayed by my side throughout my journey with breast cancer. Although he was scared, he was my rock and lifted me in laughter and love. Both of my children, Kyle and Brad, deserve great credit for my being here today. It is their love that inspires me to continue to be the best I can be as a mother and a person.
Arla, of Palm Bay, Fla.
Abraham Lincoln said, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” That quote always got my attention, even before I was diagnosed with cancer in 1998. When the boys were little, I always tried to remember not to let the hustle and bustle of each day let me forget to embrace those each moment – although my goal was usually just try to get through the day in one piece. The blink of an eye and my babies are grown! My boys don’t really have memories of me without cancer. They were in kindergarten and first grade in 1998. We have been battling my breast cancer off and on for almost 15 years. I know they are the reason I am still here fighting the fight to be their mom. They are my inspiration and always will be who I strive to impress and who I love.
Emily, of Normal, Ill.
I underwent a right mastectomy at age 28 while two months pregnant. When I had my first surgery in 1976, I prayed to be able to see my daughter graduate from high school. As that time approached, I got scared–I didn’t pray for enough time! She has now graduated and last year got her MBA from Hopkins Business School. I am also a grandmother of a brilliant five-year-old named Aria. I went through hell, but my inspiration was that wonderful baby I was carrying.
Peggy, of Westminster, Md.