What defines a hero? A person who can do superhuman things? A person who seems to exceed normal standards? Nope, that’s not what a hero is to me. A hero by definition is a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal. Heroic qualities are defined by distinguished courage or ability, brave deeds and noble qualities. Courage and bravery doesn’t mean the person is superhuman. But it does mean the person decides to keep going when most people stop. My mother is a prime example of this.
Quite a few years ago my mom developed breast cancer. Cancer is something familiar to my family. My grandmother had different types of cancer for years and the cancer finally ended her life. Knowing this made me very frightened for my mom. But through a mastectomy and chemotherapy I saw a woman who was strong and determined. When I couldn’t do anything but cry, my mother held true to a promise she said God gave her. She lost a part of her body, she lost her hair, but never once did I see my mom loose her faith. She knew no matter what the outcome, God was in control.
She tells me she did struggle, that it wasn’t an easy time in her life. But all I saw through my fearful eyes was bravery and courage from a woman who had every right to complain. But she didn’t. My mother is my hero.