I feel lucky to have a large extended family. Thanks to second marriages and long lives I have had the amazing opportunity to embrace well over a dozen grandparents and great grandparents. No matter how large or small of a part they played in my childhood, ALL of them have impacted and shaped my life in some way or another.
That being said, I have always longed for my Grandma Maudell’s embrace.
In 1962 they didn’t know much about Cancer. My grandma turned 30 that year and after spending several months in the hospital she passed away on March 28th.
My mother’s eleventh birthday was the day after. I am pretty sure she didn’t have a party that year.
I would have loved to have met my grandma. To hug her and create memories. Missing her has made me extremely grateful for the amazing relationship my daughters have with my mom. Their faces light up at the pure mention of their grandma.
I have been accussed of going a little overboard when it comes to the girls birthday parties. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I want every birthday my daughters experience to be special. I also pray that they are all cancer free.
The American Cancer Society is celebrating twenty five years. Thanks to their efforts 11 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year. So let’s celebrate; here is to a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Discloser: This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society.
About Kelly Tirman
Kelly Tirman is Natural Connector, Crowdsourcer, Curator and Change Management Professional specializing in Social Business. She currently works as an Enterprise Social Business Strategist for Wells Fargo however in her “free-time” Kelly blogs on several topics including Urban Living, Raising Multilingual Children, Organic Beauty and Social Commerce. She happily resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children.