While our parents may pass on, a mother's love never dies, with one immortalizing her affection for her loved ones through the power of words.
In June 2016, Peggy Summers and her family received devastating news. The beloved mother and wife was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer.
Knowing Peggy might not live for much longer, those who cared for her ensured that they spent quality time with her -- while hoping for the best outcome.
Hannah Summers and her mother Peggy Summers [left and right]; A letter written by Peggy Summers [center]│ Source: twitter.com/_hannahsummers
A LIFE SURROUNDED BY LOVE
Beyond the despair, they were all shocked at her cancer diagnosis, firstly because there was no genetic link. Also, her teenage daughter Hannah Summers from Fort Wayne, Indiana, expanded:
"She never drank, she never smoked, and she went to all her doctor's appointments."
Sadly, this perfectly healthy 55-year-old mom died on October 31, 2017, after not making it through surgery at Parkview Memorial Hospital.
AN ONLINE TRIBUTE
Taking to Twitter, 18-year-old Hannah shared a montage of pictures and clips of her late mom with loved ones. The young woman penned:
"Heaven gained its most beautiful angel today. I love you, mom. Always. [I] Can't wait until I can finally see you again someday."
"Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran played in the background of the video as individuals poured into the comment section, sending their love and condolences.
WORDS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
Beyond this online dedication, only a few hours after the mom and wife had passed, this teen found a piece of paper that reminded her of her mother more than any clip could.
This remarkable letter from the late Peggy made her feel as though her mom was still alive -- even if only for those few minutes.
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I HAVE TO GO NOW
The 18-year-old decided to post this online, reminding everyone to be thankful for their parents while still alive. Part of the letter read:
"I'm sorry, I tried my best to beat this terrible disease, but I guess God had other things for me to do. Please don't be mad."
In cliche mom-like style, Peggy began giving her daughter advice. She encouraged her to study hard and focus on school, to spend time with people who share similar values, and much more.
ASKING FOR HELP
Peggy also advised her teenager to lean on those she loves for support and practice patience with her father while he struggles with the death of his wife. She went on to write:
"You are going to do great in life and I will be smiling with you through all the important moments...Enjoy life and live every day as if it is your last because none of us know if today will be the last."
The post went viral, accumulating around 84,000 retweets, 275,000 likes, and numerous comments filled with sympathy.
FINDING COMFORT ONLINE
Many individuals wrote that the letter brought tears to their eyes, with some even posting selfies of themselves crying. Fellow Twitter user Kaitlin La Diabla Blanca remarked:
"This tweet made me have a mental breakdown. I'm so sorry."
Some also thanked her for sharing something so vulnerable. Many netizens also shared stories about the deaths of their mothers.
NOT SURE HOW TO FEEL
Of course, this letter brought up mixed emotions for Hannah, who said it was pretty challenging to get through. However, simultaneously, the teen expressed:
"It made me smile because it seemed so much like my mom. She was already really worried about me. I’m her baby."
At least now, although Hannah's mother is physically gone, she can feel connected to her via this beautiful message straight from Peggy's soul.
DON'T TAKE HER FOR GRANTED
Peggy's words were a testament to how much she cared about those around her -- something most moms share, such as Jacqueline Zinn or "Jacquie" can relate to.
Jacquie was diagnosed with a deadly brain cancer called glioblastoma in 2013, sadly passing away in that same year. But she didn't want to leave without having the last word.
This is why, during the few weeks before she passed away, Jacquie wrote letters to each of her kids, only to be opened on special occasions. Sometimes, this mom penned these loving messages even while half-paralyzed in a wheelchair.
If you're lucky enough to have a loving mother in your life, you should cherish every moment because you never know when your final goodbyes will come around.
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