|Two years to the day|
Many of you know that I recently nominated Moira for a contest put on by one of our favorite Michigan companies, Stormy Kromer, called the "Living Legends" contest. That nomination was picked as a finalist and I subsequently bugged my facebook friends to vote for her every day for a month. I thought maybe a new, updated adaptation from my nomination essay would be the right set of words to post today about the challenges she faced and what she accomplished. Please read on...
Moira appreciates hard work, doing things right, and not taking shortcuts. She loves good rubber work boots, warm winter clothes, four-wheel drive in the snow, and although she wouldn’t hurt a fly herself, she respects and admires sportsmen who provide for their families in the same way their grandpas did. She prefers library books to brand new ones, but prefers any book to reading from a computer screen. She writes her own stories. She likes handmade jewelry, organic produce, piles of leaves in the fall, the smell of a campfire, and most definitely prefers a good beer to a good wine. She manages all of this while still maintaining a stylish, city girl beauty. She’s a character, one of a kind. It is easy to see why I love her so much.
That alone would be enough for a lot of folks to throw in the towel, but 12 weeks later Moira was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a nasty, unusual kind of cancer. I’m not sure what I thought people did when they were faced such a challenge, and I certainly didn’t know what people would do if they were unemployed, a new mom, and surviving cancer all at the same time. You can find a book or two on any one of those life challenges, but Moira WROTE the book on facing them all at once.
How did we get through? Practicality, perseverance, love, and prayer. Moira never complained through lean weeks paying the bills, all-nighters with a crying newborn, or the chemotherapy, radiation, and the surgery that saved her life. Not a word of complaint…she just woke up and punched in like beating cancer and raising Leo made up her unique job description. It was hard on her, hard on me, and hard on Leo, but here we are two years later and she is cancer-free, Leo is a healthy happy boy, and Moira is working again. Today she’s a perfect match of grace, style, and rugged practicality, the girl I fell in love with.