- Nov. 28, 2018
-- Since I can remember my family have always spoken of my Vavao (Great Grandmother)
, she passed just weeks before my birth, so I was never able to meet her. My father recently told me that the night before she died that she asked my grandmother to call my mom with her last wish being that she wanted to see her baby (me). My parents who were in California at the time, my mother very pregnant with me, were unable to fly to see her in Massachusetts. My parents packed everything up and drove cross country but were unable to make it in time to say goodbye. I'm told every holiday as we gather how much I resemble her, a woman I never even got the chance to meet. One of seven children, she lost her dad at 16 and was forced to quit high school to take care of her family as her mother worked in a mill to support them financially. Her dream was to be a nurse, to help others with her unbelievable spirit and resilience, something that she never lacked even at her final moments. She was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer just a month after my parents found out they were pregnant with me. With a 5-year survival rate of an astounding 8%, she was not given a strong outlook from the start of her diagnoses. Before long she was half the (physical) woman she was, unable to do the thing she was most known for, cook. When she fell ill she began to knit a quilt for me, knowing that her time might come before mine she wanted to leave me something. I still have the blanket, three quarters done because she was far too weak to finish it once she started treatment. My grandmother says to this day that the cancer did not kill her it was the side-effects of the treatment that caused her to waste away before their eyes. I live my life today, supporting causes that work to extend the time and improve the quality of life of those suffering through incurable illnesses. NoMo nausea is an amazing example of an all-natural product that can make tasks as simple as eating for a patient that much easier. I always wonder that if my Vavao could have had the chance to receive a product like this if she would have been able to finish the quilt, or even see me before she passed. NoMo nausea bands are about stopping your symptoms before they take over you. Given the chance to spare my Vavao the suffering of treatment I would have, but I can't change the past, just work to help NoMo Nausea spread it's amazing influence on the lives of others.