A shadow of her former self
My dear mum, a survivor of cancer has spent the last couple of years battling chronic osteo-arthritis. First she had a new shoulder joint, then both hips replaced, now one of her knees is causing problems.
She is one of the strongest people/women I know but the last couple of years have ground her down and had a big, detrimental impact on her life and personality. To top things off she lost her last remaining sister to blood cancer at the beginning of the year.
I wish there was something I could do to relieve her pain, for now all I can offer is my unconditional love for such a wonderful caring mother.
(Pic taken on iPhone 4S and processed in the Afterlight app - there are many more images of my mum here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stumacher/ )