Her Solid Ground

I lost my mother 7 months after her cancer diagnosis in September 2015, just before my 30th birthday.

I, like many, had mixed emotions; sadness, hate, loneliness, and even regret. I should have done a better job at pushing her into doctor visits she didn't want. I should have been a better daughter. I should have "settled down" to show her that I could be a good mom and wife too (I had that opportunity and in faith walked away...that's a story for another time.) I had lost Hope, and this key could not have come at a better time.

One month later on my best friend's birthday we threw a surprise 40th birthday party for her husband, a New Years Eve baby. That night while laughing and dancing he had a massive heart attack. This heart attack was fast and sudden and too extreme even for the quick CPR we administered and the 10 minute response time for emergency crews. We had to say goodbye.

The home they had together she could no longer view as home but a memorial site. The family they had planned together could no longer happen. He was her solid ground and he was gone. I saw her Hope fading. As much as I still needed Hope, now more than ever, I decided to share my comfort in that Key and give her Hope to find comfort as well.

Thank you for giving Hope.

-Brittany

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