FORT WORTH — Anyone who thinks motherhood alone is challenging should try it Christine Garcia’s way — accompanied by chemotherapy.
“It’s hard,” she concedes. “I’m a single parent; don’t have the support that I would love to have. I mean, my family is all back at home in Florida, so I do this alone with him.”
Garcia is speaking about her six-year old son, Eduardo. His homemade cards show he understands that his mom has lost her hair, her breasts, and her energy.
“He knows everything,” Garcia said through tears. “He’s the reason why I wake up every morning.”
“I make his breakfast every day — sick or not sick. I have to make his breakfast before he goes to school, take him to school, go to work, full-time job,” she said.
Employees at the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders in Fort Worth, where Garcia undergoes chemotherapy and radiation, understand how hard it is to fight alone, then go to work and be a good mom.
Inspired by Garcia’s strength, they put together a surprise gift basket, then treated her to medically-approved spa treatments to make her life a little easier.
“We want you to be able to enjoy time with your son and not have to cook on Mother’s Day,” said Roxanne Martinez, who is also a breast cancer survivor and new mother.
“I don’t know what to say,” said Garcia through her tears.
Christine Garcia may not have relatives nearby, but her “family” at the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders is helping her maintain the fortitude to fight on.