47: My Hero Doesn’t Wear a Cape

47: My Hero Doesn’t Wear a Cape

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever!

My Hero Doesn’t Wear a Cape

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

~Joseph Campbell

My hero doesn’t wear a cape, she doesn’t have super-powers, and she can’t fly, but she is the Best Mom Ever. She can wash clothes, clean the house, and still make time to deliver warm bacon and cheese sandwiches to my nephew at school.

When I was a young girl, my sister was the person I looked up to. Since our parents worked most of the time, my sister took care of me. She made sure that my homework was complete, my clothes were clean, and I ate dinner. She never complained. She simply took charge as she always does.

Ten years ago, while pregnant with my nephew, my sister was diagnosed with pericardium cardiomyopathy. This condition causes a galloping heartbeat, shortness of breath and eventually heart failure. My parents were presented with an option. If she delivered her baby early, her condition would improve, but the baby might not survive.

My parents made the decision to keep my sister on life support while she recovered from the illness that threatened to take her away from us. She spent nearly three months in Baltimore at the medical center. Miraculously, she recovered and delivered a healthy baby boy.

Armed with a pacemaker and nothing more than her strength and resolve, she has shown me what can be accomplished regardless of disability. Although she can’t walk the entire grocery store without growing tired, this single mother cares for my autistic ten-year-old nephew and my sixteen-year-old nephew. She makes it look easy, but I know that it isn’t.

She tries to hide her exhaustion, but I can hear it in her voice and see it in her slow gait. It is an inspiration watching her do all that she does with such severe health limitations. My hero is less than five feet tall and has a defibrillator keeping her alive. Nevertheless, she has been able to care for not only her two children, but also our parents, in a way that can only be described as selfless.

~Leah G. Reynolds

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