While facing death, one woman taught us about life

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Trish Brown - TPEPost Publisher

By Trish Brown

Naming the Mother of the Year is one of the fun parts of running a news publication, and this year is TPE’s first, though it is not a normal announcement. This one comes with joy and a great deal of sorrow.

As publisher of the TPEPost.com I am happy to announce our TPE Mother of the Year as Amy Rauch Neilson , 43, of Farmington Hills, MI. Amy was nominated because of her spirit, her determination and her courage in fighting cancer, and defeating it, only to have it wage war against her again and to continue with the same determination and perseverance to attempt to defeat it again.

In an interview with a local Detroit television station Amy was quoted as saying her six-year-old son, Theo, was her reason for having the immense courage to go up against the deadly killer a second time.

“It terrifies me. I don’t want him to grow up without a mom,” she said in that interview. “I will do anything I can to make sure I am here to raise him.”

Amy and her family

Unfortunately, Amy lost her battle a week ago.

The decision to name Amy as TPE Mother of the Year 2012 was made the night before she passed away.  In the 25 years I have been doing this, I have to admit this is a first.  I have given it a lot of thought and have drawn some conclusions or lessons we all can learn from Amy.

The first one is never give up.

The second one is some thing I have known for a long time, but have many friends and colleagues who haven’t learned.  We live to love and be loved.

The third is no matter how wonderful you are, or how smart, charming, rich and famous, no one is promised a tomorrow.

If we all lived each day cherishing the little things, we would be so surprised to learn how much happiness is right in front of us.

As we all celebrate Mother’s Day remembering our moms who are  still here, and those who have passed away, don’t forget to take every chance you get to show love and to allow yourself to be loved by others.

We are so thankful for the story Michelle Ball, who is part of team Amy, shared with us. And we are thankful to Michelle for allowing us to have a glimpse into Amy’s spirit, and the way she led her life in good times and in bad.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and we wish the best for Amy’s son Theo and her husband, Don, and her other family members and her many, many friends. God Bless!

Trish Brown

About Trish Brown

Trish Brown was a news reporter and editor, a former school board president, the founder of Communication Concepts a PR firm in the Detroit area, and founder of all TPE entities www.TPEMultiMedia.com, www.TPEPost.com, and www.TippingPointEducation.com. She has worked with the Osmonds and other celebs while trying to advance education in the k-12 and post-secondary arenas.