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    Posted May 2, 2013 by
    Dalton, Georgia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Show off your "Mom" tattoos

    In Memory


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Maranda1031 was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease when she was nineteen years old, just years after losing her mother to the same disease. Once learning of her diagnosis, she decided to get this tattoo to honor her mother's battle with the disease and also to pose as a symbol of strength and resolve in her own battle with it.

    Pictures of sunflowers filled her childhood home, and Maranda1031 says this flower serves as a powerful reminder of her mother. Her most cherished memory--and also her last memory--of her mother is of a very cold day in March years ago when her mother drove her to the end of the street to catch the schoolbus. 'I told her that it meant a lot to me that she didn't want me to be cold. I told her I loved her, and she told me she loved me to the moon.'
    - jne2013, CNN iReport producer

    When I was 14 years old, my mother passed away. She had Polycystic Kidney Disease, and one of the "side effects" is a brain aneurysm. After having learned that I had the same disease, I decided that I had to fight it in memory of my mother. She lost her battle...I won't go down without a fight. My mom always loved those big, seemingly flowing fields of sunflowers. I decided to get this tattoo (of course, it's on my lower back) of a sunflower shortly after my diagnosis. I will continue to fight this disease!


    Happy Mother's Day, in Heaven, Mom!! I love you!

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