My mom found the Fountain of Youth

You are who you think you are

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

My mom is a 2- time Cancer survivor. 

 When I was kid, she has breast cancer and a lump was removed. I remember her on the couch, covered up with a blanket, issuing orders to the rest of us, directing what needed to be done to keep the household functioning. She didn’t SEE herself as sick and didn’t want our routines to be interrupted. 

When I was in my 20’s she had a full hysterectomy. She didn’t tell anyone other than my father about the surgery until after it was over. She didn’t SEE herself as sick and she didn’t want to worry any of us. 

 Two years ago my darn dog (a very stout English Terrier) bumped her on the stairs and, she fell and broke her hip. She laid on the floor for two hours before I came home and found her. She didn’t SEE herself as injured! Her surgery and recovery took months and it was painful. She was up and around faster than expected and the doctors were amazed. She didn’t SEE herself as hurt. 

She’s has had shingles.

She was diagnosed with Lupus AND Chroms disease.

She takes medication for her thyroid. 

Why am I telling you all of this? 

She turned 70 this last year and we had a Great Gatsby themed party for her with family and friends. She dressed up in a period dress, had champagne and danced the night away. I mean until 2AM -danced the night away! 

People tell her all the time that she doesn’t look (or act) her age. 

I have rarely heard her complain. She gets up every morning and does what needs to be done. She shuttles and babysits and grocery shops, cooks and cleans. 

Friends and family ask her how she keeps going (with so much energy!) and she says that she doesn’t SEE herself as 70. She says that she doesn’t SEE herself as having “health issues”. 

She see’s herself as blessed. 

She see’s herself as strong.

 She see’s herself as healthy, no matter what the doctors report says. 

Maybe there really is a fountain of youth and maybe it’s all in our mind. 

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...


Breast Cancer. A Daughter’s point of view

by Morgan Hunsaker

Learning To See The Big Picture

by Chiara B. Townley

My Personal Super-Hero

by Ramya Chunduri

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.