Happy Mother's Day, MTHFRs! Mamas, we see you. We see you burning the candle at both ends, putting the needs of your children above your own (even when you desperately need to take care of yourself). Hopeful Mamas, we see you too. We see you doing everything you possibly can to make your body a place that a baby can grow and thrive (even when genetics make this an uphill battle that you continue to bravely fight). We see and appreciate all of you women who have the heart of a Mother and love and nurture whatever is placed in your care.
And Happy Mother's Day to my Mother! Long before we knew we were a couple of MTHFRs, she raised me in a way that went against the grain. She endured being called a bad Mother for refusing many of my childhood vaccinations. She said "no" to the daily fluoride treatments at school and faced a great deal of criticism. She fed me sprouted grains and was careful to choose meat that was hormone-free. I have fond memories of brown paper bag lunches with health food store bread that was so hard you could throw it at a wall and it would simply bounce off (we've come a long way since then). I even thought she was a little whacky, but now as an adult, I look back with nothing but gratitude.
She was a woman before her time and stood firm when there wasn't much of a community to stand alongside her. My health journey has still been difficult, but I can't imagine how much worse it could have been, had she not made some of the bold decisions that she did on my behalf. Mom, I am so thankful for you. I'm thankful for the brave way that you raised me and for so much more. I'm thankful for my best friend!