smiling through adversity 2010

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There are often times we find strength in places we never knew we could pull from. Late nights that come after a long day of work. Sick children. Dirty house. Empty fridge. It’s never-ending some days. Yet, as moms, we find the strength.

smiling through adversity 2010

As Moms We Find Strength

In fact, some days take more out of us than others. When my mom was diagnosed with Lymphoma six years ago, every day became one of “those” days. Our youngest was only 5 months old and Jaden was starting kindergarten. I still had the oldest two at home doing homeschool and Jaci, just 4 years old, to take care of. All this in addition to working a low-paying online job for extra cash.

It was because of this job at home that I was able to take my mom to her doctor appointments and be one of her primary caregivers. Whether we had to go see a specialist in Houston or her primary care doctor locally, I made sure she didn’t miss an appointment. I sat through every chemotherapy treatment, and even learned to give her chemo at home.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston TX

Her at-home treatments required us to start the medication and then wait for a few hours. They ran overnight into the wee hours. I would nurse the baby and put her down before heading to my parent’s house for the treatment. Then, it was a dark drive back home to a quiet house, where I would crawl into bed for a few hours.

Morning came and it was back to my mom duties. I had to be strong for my children. Even when my mom was fighting a battle we were not sure she would win, I had to let my kids think I could handle it. Being strong for them was paramount.

swinging with baby 2010

They didn’t see me crying in the shower. They didn’t know I survived by the hugs and pep talks Colby gave me every night. They also never saw me argue with my mom when she was tired of fighting and I told her we were not giving up. That one scene took every bit of strength I had in me to get through.

I had no choice but to be strong. For myself. My kids. And my mom. She had nursed me through sickness, heartache, and the trials of life for 36 years. It was my turn to be courageous. It was my time to pull from the strength I had learned from my mom. To turn the tables in the circle of life.

Mantle Cell Lymphoma survivor

When it was all said and done, I was tired. My mom was weak. She fought a tough couple of battles; but she won the war. She has been in remission now for several years. We, as a family, were resilient in our efforts to win.

P&G Brands is partnering with Olympians, Olympic hopefuls and their moms on the journey to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in their newest film, “Strong.” This remarkable film explores how a mother’s courage in times of adversity becomes a deep well of strength her children draw on throughout their lives. For P&G, it’s not about winning, it’s about celebrating the athlete and mom journey.

Strong” takes a bolder, edgier look at the pivotal moments that define the relationship between a mother and her child. It showcases how mothers handle key moments beyond their control, ultimately defining their children’s personal strength and courage.

The athlete and mom partnerships shown include:

  • Tide Pods athlete, Simone Biles (Gymnast) and mom Nellie Biles
  • Pampers athlete, Dana Vollmer (Swimmer) and mom Cathy Vollmer
  • Bounty athlete, Allyson Felix (Track & Field) and mom Marlean Felix
  • Gillette athlete, Ashton Eaton (Track & Field) and mom Roz Eaton
  • Venus athlete, Gabby Douglas (Gymnast) and mom Natalie Hawkins

Through the campaign, P&G found that 63% of moms agree it’s more important to set a good example for their children than to be involved in every aspect of the day-to-day caring for their children. There may be times when we may not be able to be at our child’s side, but we can know that we have instilled the strength in them they need to get through the day-to-day.


Additionally, they also discovered that the majority of moms (91%) want their children to feel the impact of their parenting when they are not together, and for US moms, integrity, hard work and determination are some of the most important values to instill in their children. Let’s face it, Moms, we’re strong and important.

“It takes someone strong to make someone strong.”

How did your mom make you strong? As a mom, how have you shown strength?