Mom and grandmother….you were a clever woman, you were a devoted woman, you were a strong woman, you were a courageous woman. I have so many happy memories as a child growing up. We had amazing camping holidays with family and friends, we would go fishing and then cook the catch of the day on the BBQ. We had the best birthday parties and you would bake amazing birthday cakes, we were the envy of all our school friends. You would make our fancy dress outfits, you had a creative mind and were very artistic. I can always remember the support you gave to the family throughout our schooling, career paths and relationships. I was working when I received the call to say you had a suspected stroke; I was working when I received the call to say you had been diagnosed with brain cancer; I was working when I received the call to say you had a fall not knowing at the time that you had broke your wrist; I was working when I received the call to say your diagnoses was terminal. I regret that I was unable to be there for you as much as I would have liked but you being the caring mother understood the reasons why and valued the times we had together. Luckily for you my big sister Gail was there to support us all. Glioblastoma, the cancer that took everything away from my mom - her ability to speak, her ability to think, her ability to write. Everything my mom enjoyed from her life was taken away from her. Her mind wanted to do these things but her body wouldn't allow it. I would sit with my mom and talk to her about my day and she would sit and listen, not like previously when she would advise me and tell me what I should do. I miss your advice, even if I did not always agree with what you said. I would look into her eyes and could tell she was scared of her future - Cancer, I HATE YOU!! I think about you every day, I find it hard imagining my life without you in it. I see the changes in my life since you left, you made such a huge impact on everyone who knew and loved you. I miss you everyday Mom, and I pray you are able to see my accomplishments. I feel that you are still present in my life and watching me from Heaven. I tried to make you proud with the paths I took and will continue trying. Know that you are missed more than words could ever say. I fell into a never-ending well of agony after you died... I tell you this, Mom, not to make you sad but to let you know how much of an impact losing you had on my life and my families. Love you...Miss you! Cancer is happening right now, which is why I'm taking part in a Race for Life to raise money and save lives. 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Every single pound you donate makes a difference to Cancer Research UK’s groundbreaking work.