I'm an only child and my dad died when I was 8, so I was deathly afraid of losing my mom. When I was 15 my mom died of cancer leaving me alone. I cannot express the absolute terror I felt at being without her. I moved in with my aunt and uncle and we had some rough times, but we survived and it I ended up marrying a wonderful man and having the nicest family. Now I have two grandchildren.
I thought I would die from the pain of being left behind, but I made it and I remember it whenever I feel I cannot get through something.