Mom passed last week

Conscious confirmation to self that all is well

Cardio all week and my body weight drops, Weight lifting on the weekend and my body weight goes up. But progressively my body weight is dropping slightly each week as I am burning fat and building muscle.

A whole food plant based diet is what I eat. No meat, no dairy, no added oils and no manufactured foods. Starches are Basmati rice, oatmeal and sweet potatoes. Lots of dark green and colorful vegetables and berries.

I am healing on the inside and feeling wonderful on the outside.


My mom passed away last week and I had to fly from Oregon to New Jersey. Mom was a really good hearted soul and I will miss her greatly. At 78 cancer took her. Just two years ago she made it through breast cancer and was stamped cancer free. She had no idea that cancer was eating her alive through the liver, kidneys and spine.

I spoke with Mom each Saturday morning and never heard a complaint from her. In fact her mood was always happy and joyful. She laughed and joked with everyone right up to the last day she passed. No pain, No suffering. I am so grateful each day that she passed this way.

Mom lived a very simple life and found so much joy in a family gathering where she cooked those traditional dishes her Mother prepared. Whenever there was a problem she was always the first one there to help. She didn’t have much but what she had, she gave freely. At 76 she received a letter from someone named Eric. Eric is her son that she was forced to put into adoption when she was just 19 years old. This brought incredible joy to her and ended up spending some pretty incredible quality time with her long lost son.

If there ever was a reason to feel good about changing my diet to a Whole Food Plant Based one, Mom’s confirmed cancer is certainly an eye opener. I believe that if she too had adopted a healthier lifestyle she may have avoided being attacked by cancer. But only God would know this. I do know that she has been welcomed with open arms and is spending quality time with family and friends who passed before her.

One of the questions we are always asked by our care providers is about any family history of chronic diseases. It is said that genetics plays a big role in the chances of us adopting the same illnesses that our family has. I don’t know if this is all genetics as much as it is lifestyle. What I do know is that I am going to pay closer attention to it and do everything in my power to avoid cancer or heart disease. Living now with Type II Diabetes is a challenge in itself as I have to closely monitor the glucose in my blood each day. For right now it seems that I have T2D under control and as long as I continue to eat right and exercise I believe that I will not have to suffer.

I too will leave this earth and reunite with Mom and so many others who left, but for now I will fight with every ounce of energy I have to stay alive as long as I can. I have both the tools and knowledge to avoid and even reverse any disease that may come my way and I will utilize both to make sure that I have lived a full life. Conventional medicine does a wonderful job of helping us live with certain disorders but I know that so much more needs to done to protect our bodies from adopting a disease, making our bodies strong enough to fight a disease and allowing our bodies to return to a healthier state after years of abuse.

There is so much information out there. All you have to do is search for Whole Food Plant Based on the internet and get started.

I love you Mom and will miss you forever.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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39 Responses to Mom passed last week

  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. You seem to be doing everything possible to live a long and healthier life. Bless you.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss, and glad your Mom wasn’t in any pain. I believe we will all be united with our loved ones again, and that my Mum is with my Dad. I draw comfort from that.

  3. James Pyles says:

    My Dad passed a year ago last April just a couple of days short of his 85th birthday. Complications related to cancer. Mom’s now 86 and in an assisted living home. Her short-term memory is shot, so when I call her, we have the same 5-minute conversation for 30 minutes. Physically, for her age, she’s in good health, but it’s difficult to watch her mentally decline like this.

    My condolences on your loss. At least I was visiting my folks when Dad passed, so I was there for Mom.

    • My condolences for you Dad passing. It’s not easy seeing the decline. I suppose that everyones hope is that we just pass in the night while asleep.

      • James Pyles says:

        Well, Dad was asleep, but he was napping in the middle of the morning. Mom found him and started screaming. I called 911, put them on speaker, and they talked me through CPR. The paramedics arrived and actually revived him, but it was too late. Everything that made him Dad had already left.

      • Those moments in life are not easy to get past. I hope you have healed. It sounds like your Dad had the opportunity to live a full life.

  4. N J Ray says:

    This was beautifully written. I am so glad that your mother passed without pain and suffering. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Thank you for sharing what you learn. I love reading your blog.

  5. educater21 says:

    So sorry for the pain of your loss. Please accept my condolences.

  6. This essay was a blessing to read, thank you for sharing and I wish you peace during this time.

  7. kalanijulen says:

    What a beautiful life she lived. How wonderful it is to not just know her – but to have her as a Mother. Sounds like she left a wonderful legacy.

  8. dorannrule says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Keep at the healthful living. She would be proud of your progress.

  9. Live & Learn says:

    So so hear of your Mom’s passing. Peace be with you.

  10. vishal4u says:

    So sorry for the loss of your Mom, my thoughts are with you and wish you all the best in your ongoing fight. Bless you with all strength.

  11. Anna says:

    Your Mom sounds like an incredible lady. You are so lucky to have had her. I hope you keep in touch with Eric. Family is treasure, and not everyone has the privilege of it.

  12. Prima Donna says:

    Sorry for your loss. She sounds like a a beautiful Mom! Yes you are taking the right path for your health.

  13. Sending you love and healing vibes during this difficult time. xo

  14. So sorry for your loss. I lost my brother to cancer last year. He went with much pain and suffering. So glad that she she was peaceful and in good spirits. Still, such a loss for you. My deepest sympathy.

  15. Krishna says:

    RIP, sorry to hear that . hope you get over your pain soon.

  16. geekkat says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I am glad to hear she passed away with no suffering. My heart goes out to you.

  17. det-res says:

    Very sorry to read about your loss. My condolences to you and the family

  18. gitfitsite says:

    So so sorry, nothing affects us like the loss of a parent.

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