My mum passed away suddenly on Tuesday.
My dad, my brother, my family, me… we’re in shock.
Mum had been fighting brain cancer these last few months and the chemo therapy was going well. The last MRI scan even showed that the three tumors were shrinking. It wasn’t enough.
The last time we spoke was on her birthday this past weekend. Mum was in good spirits, watching Wimbledon and shouting at the TV as she always loved to do. We talked about how she was feeling and that I was planning to come for a visit soon.
We also spoke about my first ultra this coming weekend, the Chiltern Challenge Ultra.
She said that she was proud of me and that she knew I would complete the course. She also said I was completely insane to even contemplate running that distance.
I promised I would be careful and finish the course, even if I had to walk, limp or crawl.
“Good luck, you nutter. I love you.”
Turns out those would be mum’s last words to me.
We laughed and said our goodbyes.
I’m going to run 50k for my mum.
So that I can keep my promise.
So that I can make her proud.
So that I can celebrate how she lived her life: loud, passionate and full love.
So that I can begin to try and put my heart back together.
I think she would have liked that.
She will be with me, every step of the way.
As she will be for the rest of my life.
July 9, 2015 at 10:34 am
Thanks so much for sharing this Thomas. What a powerful email to receive.
I’m so sorry to hear about your mum. Sending lots of love to you and your family.
Good luck with the run… She will be very proud of you this weekend. I hope your heart lifts you every step of the way
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July 9, 2015 at 11:03 am
I’m sure you will boss it Thomas and your Mum will be even more incredibly proud of you. Thinking of you dude x
July 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm
So sorry to hear the news about your mum. Sending lots of love to you and your family. I’ve no doubt your mum will be with you every step of the way Helenxx
July 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm
That’s terrible, mate, my condolences…
Best regards Johannes
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July 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm
Be careful, stop if it is too hard, love you, emie
July 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm
Bonne course, on pense bien à toi à Karl et à Mike,
Je l’entends encore rire et pousser des cris avec son verre de rosé à la main…
Gros bisou Barbara
July 10, 2015 at 6:54 am
moi aussi… 🙂
July 11, 2015 at 8:51 am
Incredibly sorry to hear about your sudden loss. Thoughts and best wishes to you all
July 12, 2015 at 11:24 am
Bravo tu as réussi !!!! Trop fort cousin