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Imagine for a moment being mother to a child who has never uttered the word “mother” or been able to say, “I love you.” Your child is totally dependent on you to dress, brush teeth, administer medications and medical treatments. You spend your days taking care of every need of your child in addition to all the other responsibilities you have which may include care of other children and work outside the home. All the while you are very aware that your child lives on the edge of life and death. For you, Mother’s Day is an occasion to listen to other women in your life talk about the cards, gifts, and dinners their children have created. Sometimes you fight tears…and try to never let anyone know how difficult Mother’s Day is for you. This is the reality of motherhood for mothers’ of medically fragile children.
Now imagine you are that mom on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. You answer the door to see a delivery person with a bouquet of flowers, a bakery box, and a gift bag. “Happy Mother’s Day!” he says as he hands you the gifts. That is the vision behind “Project Mother’s Day.”