Erin reached out to me to share her brave journey. Her story is one that left me with no words. I just want to give her a hug and tell her how much of a warrior she is. And how much she has inspired me to never give up despite how tough life can be.
If you are reading this today, and if you are going through some sort of storm in your life right now, I hope Erin's story inspires you to never give up.
Let's welcome beautiful Erin (both inside and out), to our Brave Mama in My Family Series.
1. Tell us about yourself, where you are based and a little about your little one(s)/ the work that you do.
I’m Erin from Canberra where I have lived almost my entire life. I own Party Princess Australia, a children’s clothing boutique selling handmade tutu’s, birthday outfits and glitter tops. I started Party Princess just under a year ago and have loved the journey it’s taken me on so far. I have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl and they are 5, 3 and 1.
2. What is the most difficult/challenging thing you had to deal with in your mama-hood journey?
In November 2015, I was diagnosed with early stage, but aggressive breast cancer. It was a complete shock and has turned our family life upside down. I was immediately thrown into surgery, appointments, test after test and chemotherapy. We have had to rely on so many people during this time but have had amazing support. I have continued to run my business during this time and I’m so glad of that choice. It has kept me determined and focussed and given me an outlet away from the cancer diagnosis.
3. What is the bravest thing you had to do as a mama?
Shaving my head and showing the kids, trying to explain to them why and what was happening. Also, staying strong for the kids and not giving up hope. The easy option is to throw in the towel, but my kids need me so there is no choice but to stay positive, focussed and there for them whenever I can be. Its definitely been a tough ride and hopefully I won’t have to go through this ever again. Seeing the light at the end of the long dark tunnel is every incentive for me.
"The easy option is to throw in the towel, but my kids need me so there is no choice but to stay positive, focussed and there for them whenever I can be."
- Erin Sorensen
#Brave Mama in My Family
4. Is there another brave mama who inspires you? How has she inspired you?
On my cancer journey, I met another mama who was pregnant and had a breast cancer diagnosis. She had undergone two surgeries and was having chemotherapy. She was so friendly to me and stayed so positive. She was so inspiring and she recently give birth to a healthy baby boy. Before having cancer, I would think ‘imagine having cancer, I could never go through that’. Well here I am. Now I think ‘imagine going through this whilst growing and carrying a child, I don’t think I could do that’. But she did. There is always someone facing something tougher that you are and meeting this brave mama put so much into perspective for me.
"There is always someone facing something tougher that you are and meeting this brave mama put so much into perspective for me."
- Erin Sorensen
#Brave Mama in My Family
5. What would you say to another mama who may be going through similar circumstances?
There may be tough times in life, but tough times don’t last forever. Ride out the tough times and look forward to a positive future.
6. What is the one word/phrase for you in your mama-hood journey?
Don’t give up
When I first started the Brave Mama in My Family series, my heart simply wanted to encourage another mum who may be going through a difficult time. But more often, I end up being so inspired and so encouraged myself. Sharing these stories help me realise even more so than when I first started, that every mum out there has a beautiful and brave story.
Your story may or may not sound the same as Erin's or Melissa's or Laura's or Tracy's. But it is beautiful and full of brave moments nonetheless. Don't underestimate the bravery you have in pushing through the everyday tough tasks life and motherhood throws your way. Your story is beautiful. And so are you.
I hope Erin's story has uplifted you. My prayer and hope is that you will be inspired by her story and live yours to the fullest and in turn encourage and uplift another.
For those in NSW and Melbourne, enjoy your long weekend. To the rest of my readers and friends of Heart in Box, here's to making the most of the new week ahead.
Do stop by Erin's social media sites, to drop her a word of encouragement and to let her know how brave she is.
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