Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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Explaining Cancer to a Child

It has been an emotional week for me as my aunt has been fighting lung cancer. My oldest daughter overheard me taking about my aunt being in the hospital. It is always hard to explain medical conditions to children but cancer is so complicated.

I am so sad to hear that my aunt’s probability of surviving is very low. My children can tell I am sad and it is so hard to explain. All I can say is she is sick. I do not want to bring up dying. I am not sure how we could afford a visit to California to see my aunt. I would love to see her before she passes. Experts say that children are not born fearing death but it is how they are taught about death that leads to fear of death.

I want to celebrate the great memories I have of my aunt and want to have my girls remember the strong woman she taught me to be. I think it is more important to see her alive then going to a funeral. I don’t even know what to say other than I love her. It would be hard to have the girls see her sick if we were to go and they would not help her rest. My mom said I need to stay and take care of my family, but she was my family first. Every Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter there are great memories of us laughing. She was a big support when I was sick and I feel bad I can be there for her. So we made a card to send her. Bella said bandaid fix everything so we put band aids on a card and sent a big hug. Please keep her in your prayers.

If any of you know any helpful tips to prepare our little ones or how we could put a care package together for someone fighting cancer please let me know.

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