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Kelly Considine salutes her mom, Susan Considine.

POSTED May 11, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Mothers are there for all of the big milestones in our lives, and my mom made sure she didn’t miss anything.

One of the big milestones parents wait for is seeing their child walk for the first time. In my case, my mom has gotten to experience this twice.

I suffered a nerve injury in 2005 which became very complicated and has landed me on crutches for over 9 years.

After numerous surgeries I was finally able to start weight bearing on my right leg this year.

Without fail, my Mom was there to witness my first steps this second time around. When I was a toddler she was there to steady my balance and break my fall, and yet again, she is by my side when I am walking, giving me the mental and physical support I need to get through this painful task.

Knowing she is by my side gives me great comfort and relief. Those first few steps were scary, but I knew I wasn’t alone.

At 26 years old I would like to be independent, but I rely on my mom for a lot of everyday things we all take for granted. Whether it be preparing my food, tying my shoes, or driving me out of state for doctor’s appointments, I know I can count on my mom to help me with all of this and more.

Her life has truly been put on hold to help me, and I see that my problems and struggles become her own.

When I have a hospital stay, it means she has a hospital stay. When I have a procedure she is in tears because she feels my pain. Right now she is living my life and trying to go above and beyond to bring me joy.

From hospital room Scandal marathons to Bushnell shows and Mohegan Sun concerts, my mom does everything in her power to make sure I still have some fun amid my medical turmoil.

After a year filled with more doctors’ appointments than most people have in a lifetime, I was lucky enough to have recently spent 11 doctor-free days on vacation with my Mom!

I planned quite the packed itinerary and not once did my mom complain when she was pushing my wheelchair all over Philadelphia and Washington D.C., logging 14 miles in one day alone!

We had a lot of laughs and made a lot of memories. I had a wonderful time, and I will cherish the memories from this vacation forever. My words could never do justice to the kind of mother I have. She is kind, patient, caring, and loving. Her heart is bigger than her body and she loves with everything she’s got.

She is protective, thoughtful, compassionate, and selfless and always puts everyone else’s needs ahead of her own. She is courageous and faces my situation head on. Mom, thank you again for another year of helping me work towards my goal of walking again. I know things aren’t always easy, but knowing you are in my corner gives me more comfort than you could ever imagine.

You are such a strong woman, and Dad, Rachel, and I are very fortunate to have you in our lives.

I admire you more than you know, and I aspire to be like you with each passing day. I felt so honored that I was asked to write about my mom again this Mother’s Day because she deserves more recognition than I could ever bestow upon her.

This past year has been filled with its ups and downs, but my mom’s dedication to me has never wavered and for that I am so appreciative.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there, especially you Mom! You deserve more than just one day dedicated to you, but I truly hope you have a wonderful day!

I love you! Love, Kelly xoxo


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