Hero may be a big word to use. You may think, she's just a mom, why is she a hero?
My mom's name is Brenda and she has spent a good majority of her life being a good person on the shit end of a short stick. When she was young, a black widow spider bite, misdignosed as a broken ankle by an incompetent doctor, slowly ate her ankle bone away, causing her decades of horrific pain, swelling, infections and a full ankle replacement. Adding to the pain and depression from her ankle, after years of struggling with an over possessive and abusive mother in law and her husband, my father, dying of an overdose, we begged everyone for help and eventually moved with our few things to Florida where we were homeless for a while. My mother worked tirelessly, all day in the Florida heat, a maintenance job at the apartments we eventually moved into. She worked on a deteriorating ankle bone with no money or insurance to go to the doctor. She put every penny into supporting my brother and I and never got a thank you or a new dress or even a night off. Now, she has lost her home and is fighting with disability in court because she is now completely unable to work after her ankle surgery went bad and hasn't healed since she got it four years ago. She lives with her parents and they barely afford their essential needs. I make waitress pay and help as I can but all I want is to give my mom the birthday she deserves. The beach is her home and her favorite place on earth. This is my last chance to give my mom hope that she can beat the odds and her depression. Please help me give this hero mother the birthday she deserves.