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STORY SHARE: Jeff Mah

 

It all started when my wife Anne felt a lump in her breast while breast feeding our son Ryan when he was 5 months old. It turned out to be breast cancer.  Immediately she had to stop breast feeding and go through her various treatments and surgeries.  After her treatments, Anne's cancer was deemed to be in remission. 

 

We continued to live our lives as a happy family.  Two years later, Anne's cancer came back very aggressively.  She seemed to be in perfect health and then went into a coma a week later.  Two weeks into the coma she passed away.  Ryan and I never had a chance to say goodbye to her.  I'm sure she knew how much we loved her and how much she had enriched our lives.

 

When she passed away, one of the hardest things I had to do in my life was to inform our son that he will never see his mom again.  I needed all the strength and courage to bring up those words that night.  Ryan was sad of course, but he was more concerned about me at that time as I had broken down.  To this day, we bring strength to each other and we look for strength and support from our friends, family and support groups such as Comfort Zone.  It's been over 5 years now and there's hardly a day that goes by where we don't think or speak about her. 

 

I was introduced to Comfort Zone through a former colleague when I used to work at Z-100 in NY City.   Through Facebook, he read what happened and reached out to me to provide comfort to me and my son.  This is when he told me about Comfort Zone, and I never looked back.

 

My son and I have gone through several Comfort Zone programs and camps, and it has taught us to communicate our grief in non-traditional ways.  We've learned to connect with each other and with others better.  We still have our emotional roller coasters, especially during the holidays, but now we know there are tools and methods in how to deal with those emotions.  We know we are not alone in our situation and we've connected with other families who are going through the same experience.  These connections are priceless and ones that we will carry for a very long time.

 

Just make that first step and reach out to Comfort Zone. Please consider volunteering your time, heart, and if you can, funds, to support this amazing organization.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeff Mah

 

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