Her Voicemail Messages

Voicemails from mom, recently found.

December 2, 2013 – 7:13pm

Missed call message.


December 18, 2013 – 8:01pm

She was calling to update me on her cancer treatments.


April 17, 2014 – 4:22pm

Wanted to touch base with me, to talk about coming to visit. “There’s nothing like voice”.

Less than a month after this recording, she was gone and I still can’t wrap my head around how lucid she sounds here knowing the timeline. When I called back she sounded chipper and fine. She hid this from me and I get why but I hate that she did. I wasn’t aware of how serious things were until it was near the end. But that was mom, always shielding me from the hurt. She hated the thought of being a burden.



My mom was one of the best people I know. She’s the person who influenced and shaped my character the most, and I say that well aware of her flaws and the things we both wish would have been better. But she was my inspiration for fighting for what you believe in, fighting to be a better version of yourself, and questioning everything, push back even in the face of adversity. You can directly blame my stubbornness on her.

I miss you mom.

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