“Being deeply loved gives you strength, loving deeply gives you courage”
I feel fortunate to be surrounded by an incredibly supportive family, starting with my caring and loving husband, Marwan. Since my diagnosis, he has been by my side in every step of this journey. Never wavering, continuously lending his love, support and optimism. He always makes sure I am well taken care of, providing me with the best equipment for my comfort while being my best friend, my confidant, and my companion. Talk about taking the marriage vows ‘in sickness and in health’ to a whole new level!
How can I give up my fight when I am blessed with such a wonderful man?
The love and support I get from my children is my biggest motivation. I have three wonderful young men: Zeid and his lovely bride, Reem, living in Dubai; Faisal, living in Abu Dhabi; and my youngest, Karim, living in America. Despite them being far away physically, emotionally they are extremely close. They have the ability to make me feel like I can conquer anything that comes my way.
I am pampered beyond anyone’s imagination – throughout my day, I am constantly receiving motivational messages from them saying things like, “I love you mama” or, “I am proud of you,” “bravo,” “you inspire me mama,” or “you are my queen”. When they Skype with me they make me feel beautiful, I forget that I am sick. They use words like “you look radiant” or “you look beautiful mama.” Their words run through my veins, nourishing my soul and giving me the strength to believe that I am invincible. It is their daily dose of love and encouragement that propels me forward to keep dreaming and hoping.
How can I give up my fight after receiving such incredibly encouraging and strengthening words?
I am so blessed to be surrounded by so much love.
My love for my family is the driving force behind my perseverance on hanging around for a very long time. I believe they deserve that I give them my best, simply because they are the best.
(Cover photo credit: Ali Saadi)