My mom and I at my graduation.

Liz Inghilterra: My mother & Saint

My mother, Liz Inghilterra is the strongest and most courageous woman I know. I feel honored to call her my mother as does my older sister, Brooke and little brother, Reilly. My mother was diagnosed with stage four Breast cancer that metastasized to her lungs, bones and liver in 2005, if I recall correctly. It was pretty serious due to their only being four stages of cancer. I still remember to this day when my dad, Ron told us how bad it really was. My mother started chemo therapy out at the Oncology Center by the new mall. The chemo sure took a tool on her physically and emotionally, though she never gave up. My mom endured many months of chemo, as well as having to have her lungs drained due to them filling up with fluid constantly, which she later had to have surgery for. My mom did start to lose her hair so she later decided to shave it all off at ounce. It was something I would never forget, not only for the significance but also how beautiful she looked after her hair was all gone. Even though she went through all of this she never gave up and her spirit and faith were amazing. She was the one that was keeping my family apart. My mom still went to work everyday even though she was physically drained. She enjoys work and that was her time when she could get away from everything and just do what she truly enjoyed. As you can see in one of the pictures posted she loves her work and the people that she works with and I really believe this is something that helped her stay so strong as well as never giving up on her self. Our family never gave up on her and we were always looking for the next best thing, especially my dad. My dad was always in contact with her doctors and also talking to doctors in other states to see if there was some new drug she could try or any promising research that had been found. Our family became closer than ever during this time but I guess something as serious as cancer will do that. My mom thankfully did go into remission which is a miracle from God still to this day and stayed in it for nineteen months but did relapse in 2007 with only liver cancer this time. She is doing oral chemo right now and her doctor has told her that she is in remission ounce again, meaning that the lesions have not grown any larger. My family and I feel so blessed to have her here with us and in our lives everyday. My mother has always been an amazing person and my hero but after all of this she has become my saint. I hope to one day be like my mother in every way, as well as have her kindness, her strength, her tenacity, her spunk and her hope.

*Pleas pick my mother as the winner of this contest she deserve it and it would be an amazing surprise for her.

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TM says ... on Wednesday, Sep 24 at 8:22 AM

I would like to thank Bee for sharing her story. Liz Inghilterra is an inspiration to those around her in the workplace as well. As a co-worker of this woman, she articulates poise in everything she does (before the diagnosis as well).

Shari Lynne says ... on Monday, Sep 15 at 7:57 PM

You are a sweet daughter for your mother. Your mother is blessed to have your support. God bless you, your mother and your family.

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