As with most things, motherhood has its joys and its sorrows. And since we tend to focus on the losses rather than the wins, it can be that much more draining, both emotionally and physically. There are moments that fill your heart, but with those come struggles that seem almost unbearable, and you can sometimes forget just how good it can be.
If you have a child going through an illness, it can be unimaginably harder. There’s a lack of control, a helplessness and hopelessness that parents can feel and there are times when it’s too much to bear. And yet, they make it through.
SickKids Hospital’s latest PSA, MomStrong, honours these moms, but be warned, it’s tough viewing.
Watching the strength of these mothers — based on five moms’ real-life stories, reports The Huffington Post — as they literally pick themselves off the floor, wipe away the tears, deliver a mini pep talk in the mirror and set out to see their beautiful children is both devastating and awe-inspiring.
The agony these women face as they try to get the best medical care possible for their children will break your heart, but it’s when we see glimmers of hope that we can’t help but feel inspired. The mom in the chapel whispering to herself, “She’s gonna do it. She can get through it.” might be the most moving.
As moms, it’s our nature to give, give, give and never take and in circumstances like this, it’s even more so. The ad, which may have started grim, and got darker from there, finds the light at the end, showing the world what we already know: moms are strong, amazing creatures who can handle adversity like no one else.