*I admire her determination
*I am excited about the fact that she knows what she wants for herself, and is finally going after it-on her terms
* I am more grateful than she realizes that she let me be my own person, even when she might have wanted me to take other paths
* I am extremely proud of the fact that I can tell people that my mom is my best friend
*Secretly, I get a little thrill every time I make her laugh; it's like a drug, and I don't want a cure
*She'll never know how terrified I was when she was diagnosed and treated for cancer, and how I thank God every day for letting her be here a little longer
*I can't imagine my life without her.