Over the last few months I have embarked on a journey to capture the special relationships between mothers and daughters. I asked for volunteers for this project and one of the very first women to respond was Jane Hammond. I've known Jane for several years through my work with the high school.
Here is her story about the relationship she shares with her daughter and also with her daughter in law and how they helped her get through chemo.
My daughter, Laura Caruso (age 27), and I have always been very close. We have always had a great relationship, and just enjoy spending time together. We love to shop together, and often when we find an item of clothing that we like, we will go to show it to each other, only to find that we are both holding the same item. We are also pretty good at finishing each other's thoughts and sentences.
I have always known that our relationship was special, but the events of this past year have shown how precious it truly is: I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer last March, and had to undergo chemotherapy. To say that I was terrified of this would be an understatement. Laura went to every weekly treatment except one beginning in May, and concluding September 4 (her birthday). She helped make every treatment an event. She and my daughter-in-law, Christy, made special shirts for us to wear for some of my treatments. At my first chemo treatment, my daughter-in-law cleaned my house while my daughter and I were at the doctor. Laura helped me select 3 wigs, and when my hair started to come out, she went with me to my hairdresser to have my head shaved. I told my daughter many times that there were others who would go with me to my treatments. Laura told me, "Mom, I don't care who else goes, It's MY job to go, and I am going anyway." Many times, my sister, a friend or my daughter-in-law would go with me, but Laura was always there. I never got bored or lonely, and she did everything that she could to keep me occupied.
On my last chemo treatment (her birthday), I was supposed to "keep Laura out" for a certain length of time because her husband was going to throw a "surprise" birthday party for her. When we got to my house, there was a surprise, but it was for me. Laura had orchestrated the whole thing complete with a cake for both her birthday, and to celebrate my last chemo treatment. The cake was decorated with pink breast cancer ribbons, and the whole theme was more about my celebration, rather than her birthday.
I finished radiation in December, and I will continue to have some targeted therapy until May, but I am feeling wonderful, and thankful for every day that God has given me. My hair has started to grow back, and I am trying to phase out my wigs now. Laura loves my hair, and tries to get me to go without my wigs most of the time. She likes my "edgy new look", and I am starting to venture out without wearing my wigs when I go shopping, etc.
My daughter-in-law, Christy, has also been a huge help to me during this time. She is the one who told me about your mother/daughter project. I would love to do this as a surprise for my daughter.....but I would also like to include Christy in some of the pictures as well. She is truly the best daughter-in-law I could have asked for, and she and Laura are great friends--just like sisters.
If you share a special bond with your mom or your daughter and would like to be part of our series, please give me a call at 812/282-2300.
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