Monday, February 11, 2013

the strongest woman I know

My mother passed away from breast cancer two years ago this Friday. She was diagnosed at the age of 39 and battled for 4 and a half years before passing at the age of 43. Her cancer was very aggressive and came back somewhere different in the body about every six months. Our cancers were very different, however. There is absolutely no history of cancer in my family prior to my mom. Above is a picture of my mom, myself, and my little brother at Disney world. She was one of the strongest women I know and I can only hope to make as much of a positive impact on people as she did.

At my brother's high school graduation in May of 2010. One of mom's goals was to live long enough to see Hunter graduate high school. She was so proud that day.


  1. I love you Madison. I'm sorry I haven't been there for you. Losing Mama has just got me all messed up. I do love you, and I think of you every day. (Shady)

  2. Madison has a rich heritage of strong women in her life, beginning with (that we know of) her Great Great Grandmother Mama Koon, then her Great Grandmother Mama (Ellis)White, then her Grandma Jeanine Hamby, then her mama Laurie Hamby Billingsley. They have all been a strong witness of Jesus Christ and His Amazing strength to face adveristy with the confidence that God is in control of everything and His Power is evident in their lives.

    Madison, Christ will sustain you, guide you and is ever present in your daiy life. Draw near to Him daily, get to know Him, seek Him out. He loves you so very, very much. I do too!
    Love, Your Aunt Leslie