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    Posted December 12, 2014 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Those we lost in 2014

    The Most Magnificent Mama


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     The sudden passing of Ariana Sarfarazi's mother Faith Sarfarazi brought the young lawyer to her knees. A pulmonary embolism claimed the 53-year-old ophthalmologist in 2014. Sarfarazi's says her mother was selfless both in her family life and her personal career. "Her patients would wait to see her for their appointments for hours because no matter how backed up she was on the schedule, she would take as much time with each and every patient that they needed," Sarfarazi said. "She made everyone feel like they were the only ones in the world that mattered."
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    I lost my mom very suddenly in February 2014 and with her passing, a piece of me went with her. Our family had suffered some tough times in 2013 and I remember telling her on New Year's Day 2014 that 2014 would be our year. Two months later, one phone call brought me to my knees and I thought the universe was playing some kind of cruel joke on me. I pulled myself together enough to eventually graduate from law school a few months later, without one of my two biggest cheerleaders by my side, but by the summer, I found myself profoundly and deeply longing for my mom’s love. She was an angelic soul – she gave love with every fiber of her being. Her hugs are famous among those who knew her, and she knew exactly what to say and do to make you happy to be alive. While beautifully flawed, as we all humans are, she didn’t have an unkind bone in her body. She was extraordinary. But while her passing has divided my life’s timeline into two (I now see my life as a series of moments before and after that fateful February day), her passing has made me kinder, gentler, and a more loving human being. For that, and for her love, I am eternally grateful – all the good that I am, I am proud to get it from my mama.

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