March is a weird month for me. I have always had a hard time being happy this month. There was a side of me who wanted to celebrate my birthday and have fun with my family and friends, and the other side, who was grieving and feeling guilty for being happy while my mom was not there to celebrate it with me. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I actually started talking about my mom and the awesome human being she was. A fierce, smart woman who worked hard to raise me on her own and was the only woman (out of her 17 siblings, 4 sisters) to have a driver’s license, a car and wasn’t married in her early 20s and would curse you if you happened to cut her in traffic. She was artsy, she could paint and create beautiful work that she sold to raise me. Every time I see someone who knew her, they tell me how she would be proud of myself and certainly would be traveling the world with me. I love seeing her pictures and seeing her happiness in all of them.She passed away almost 21 years ago, 2 weeks after my 6th birthday. She died of breast cancer when she was 40 and because she wasn’t the only case in my family, I had to start taking care of my health very early and let me tell you, it’s terrifying and I’m still learning on how to even talk about cancer with other people (and now I’ll change the subject :D).
So, this year for my birthday and her see you someday anniversary, I chose to create a fundraiser for an organization that I love and help people to get access to the health resources and treatments they need: Planned parenthood. The link for donation is in the comments. Thank you for the support <3>