Avon Wonderful Women Competition Entry

Posted by Lipglossiping On March - 5 - 2010

In honour of International Women’s Day, Avon invited me to write about the most remarkable woman in my life for their “Wonderful Women” competition…

Now, most daughters think their Mum is the best, but mine really is! 😉 She was 40 when I was born with more than a few complications. I was 3 months premature and back then, less babies survived those stacked odds. She spent months in hospital with me until I was strong enough to return home.

Mum retired in 1993 after developing a rare form of breast cancer. She was diagnosed in November, but didn’t tell anyone until January so as not to spoil Christmas. It’s funny, because despite numerous, gruelling operations, I never once believed that I’d lose her… she made cancer seem of such minor importance that it wasn’t until years later that I appreciated how close we’d all come.

One death-defying manoeuvre accomplished, Mum was finally free to enjoy retirement. For a few months at least, until my Nan developed Alzheimer’s and Mum insisted that her mother-in-law come live with us. My lovely Nan passed away three years ago after twelve years in Mum’s complete care. Twelve years is a long time for an Alzheimer’s sufferer to survive and Mum made sure that each of Nan’s remaining days were worth living for. My Mum is one strong and loyal lady, my remarkable woman.

Mum with Nan a few hours before she passed away – 2007

Mum finally enjoying some respite! – 2010

22 Responses to “Avon Wonderful Women Competition Entry”

  1. Sophie says:

    Aw Charlotte, that is so lovely and brought tears to my eyes.



  2. Lady Gray says:

    I’m proper crying. xx

  3. Thank you for sharing this story and photos x
    You really have an amazing Mum!

  4. That is really lovely, brought a tear to my eye too.

    Really rings home with me as my Grandma is suffering from Alzheimers and I know how difficult an illness it can be. I have endless respect for anyone who has the love and compassion to be so selfless and care for someone else in such a way.

  5. vexinthecity says:

    That made a very emotive read. Your Mum sounds like an amazingly woman. So selfless xx

  6. Rocaille says:

    That reminds so much of my own mum, who every second weekend travels to another town to take care of my Grandma, also suffering from Alzheimer. She’s not retired yet, so she devoted half of her weekends to Gran! Great story, thanks for sharing it :) xxx

  7. Wow. Some peopl are very inspirational, and I am glad to have the chance to hear about your mum. :)x

  8. Rebecca says:

    Your mum sounds wonderful, such a caring woman… brought a tears to my eyes :)

  9. Lillian says:

    Thank you for sharing the story, it’s truly inspirational. Your mum sounds like an absolutely amazing woman.

  10. Fee says:

    Your mum sounds like one amazing lady Charlotte. Quite an emotional read but beautifully wrote.


  11. Anitacska says:

    That’s really beautiful. Thanks for sharing. xxx

  12. rijaH says:

    Amazing :) Nothing else to say really, you have one great mother ;D

  13. Daisy says:

    You’ve made me all teary Charlotte! What a brilliant Mum you have xx

  14. Sarah says:

    Now we know where you get it from! Your mum sounds brilliant. Love the photos as always.

  15. Lizzard says:

    God bless you and your mummy <3

  16. Nic nic says:

    Your mother is so strong. thanks for sharing this touching story, its inspirational.

  17. […] Now, most daughters think their Mum is the best, but mine really is! She was 40 when I was born with more than a few complications. I was 3 months premature and back then, less babies survived those stacked odds. She spent months in hospital with me until I was strong enough to return home. Read the full post… […]

  18. BrionyLou says:

    What a moving story, your mum really is an inspirational lady.


  19. Thanks everyone, my Mum is lapping up all this praise up by the way!

  20. […] You can read my original entry here. […]

  21. Heather says:

    Very beautiful, Charlotte :)

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