this woman's work

Tere's mother died yesterday. It was cancer. I never had the pleasure to meet her in happier days; our first time together was in a hospital room in UST a few weeks ago. We didn't even have the chance to speak, but from what I hear she and her daughter are a lot alike, and this means she must have been a rather wonderful woman.

I hate that cancer is taking away all our mothers. I hate that there is no cure. I hate that we don't know where this is all coming from, why it does come around, and how you can stop it from coming.

I have a hard time reconciling, after all these years, how a body that was strong enough to carry me around for nine months and give birth to me and raise me and SURVIVE ALL THAT -- I.

I still just don't get it. =(