Sunday, May 11, 2014

She's a hero. #MyHeroMom #MC

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating  

I am a mother. I love being a mother, but one of my biggest fears is that one of my children will have something horrible happen to them. I just can't imagine it (nor do I want to). There are a lot of moms out there who are heroes... but I want to tell you about one mother in my life (although not my mother) who is absolutely amazing.

My friend's little boy had been complaining about pain in his leg for a bit, but it seemed to be getting worse. His mother and my friend, Nadia, had messaged me about this. We discussed growing pains and normal childish whining, but Nadia knew it was more. In a better-safe-than-sorry way, she took her son, Aidan, to the hospital. The hospital didn't have immediate answers for them, they said it was a bone infection, and then it wasn't. They sent Aidan to Devos Children's hospital for more clear answers.

Nadia received the news that her son had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Cancer. I can't imagine all the feelings that rushed through her after that diagnosis came through... but over the next four years I watched her, and her family, go through treatments. While they definitely had their moments of hardships and struggles, I also watched their family grow and turn so much negative into a whole lot of positive.  I don't think that it could have been possible without Nadia, so that is why she's #MyHeroMom.

Nadia quit her job as a CNA and dedicated her time to her children. There were a lot of long trips to the hospital and a lot of dealing with side effects of all the medication, but Nadia always seemed to focus on the positive. She really is an inspiration. Through the years she has really showed her strength. 


Happy Mother's Day, Nadia.

And a very happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there. We're a lot stronger than we think. 

From now until May 13 Northwestern Mutual is rallying sons, daughters and those who want to honor their own “heroic” moms or mother figures by uploading images of them to Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook with the hashtag: #myheromom.

For each social action (image upload, Facebook share and like, tweet and retweet) generated by consumers the Northwestern Mutual Foundation will donate $5 to its nonprofit partner, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), up to $50,000 for childhood cancer research!

To learn more about the #MyHeroMom initiatives please check out the video below:

Upload your images today using the #MyHeroMom Facebook App

Please be sure to tag the image with the #MyHeroMom hashtag.

1 fantastic comments:

Nadia's Notions said...

I'm crying. Thank you so much.

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