I’ve grown up always being very close to my grandma Jane, she has always been to all of sporting and school activities, and is the most selfless and strong woman I know. So I wanted to write a little bit about her and, not only what she has done for me, but so many other people.
My Grandma grew up on a farm in a small town called Jesup, Iowa. Her father passed away when she was just for due to an accident while he was serving as a volunteer firefighter, and her mother passed away when she was not much older, at 14, from cancer. Her and her three brothers were raised by her oldest brother. She never really had much support though, because her brother was always working to feed the family. All four of her brothers had passed away in 40’s also from cancer, so my grandma has experience a lot of death in her life. When my grandma had kids of her own she made a pact to herself to never miss an event if she could help it, because she never had parents that could attend. Even now at 70 years old she makes it to all of my events, my sister’s events, and all of my cousins. She passed that down to my mom as well, and I can always count on them both to be there.
Last year, by grandma was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and even through her chemo treatments she made she sure to take care of everyone else first. My cousin is on the waiting list for a kidney transplant and my grandma would sit with him through dialysis, even though she herself was struggling. When I was in middle-school I used to miss the bus to school like 3 days a week and my grandma would make the drive from her house to mine whenever I called to drive me to school. Now, she can’t drive because the chemo caused severe neuropathy in her feet (she still walks however and refuses to use her cane) So now once in a while I will drive her around and run errands and we get lunch and talk. She tells me about how she was involved in the women’s movement in the late 60’s, which I find pretty cool.
She had done so much for me over my entire life, and has really inspired me to be a better person, and she deserves the recognition.