How do you describe a woman who battled cancer twice, gave birth to twins, died with her twins in her arms and a smile on her face? You call her a Mother!
Imagine the plight of a mother who nurtured her twins for nine months in her womb and when they were finally born, she just did not have enough time to spend with them.
Jamie Snider, merely 30 when she died, never let her smile desert her face even at the face of death. She was probably teaching her newly born daughters something about strength or was just sharing her signature smile with them. We would never know what she was thinking in those last moments but her smile will remain with us.
Jamie Snider was a brave woman. She had already beaten cancer once, and had lost an ovary in the process. But that did not stop her from getting pregnant. The news of her pregnancy brought double the joy as to her surprise, she was pregnant with twins. Unfortunately, the happiness did not last long as her cancer came back. The cancer however couldn’t keep Jamie low for long. She underwent intensive treatment including chemotherapy, and beat the cancer again.
Finally, just a day before her C-section was scheduled, a bald and pregnant Jamie flashed her signature smile on Facebook. She wrote:
“Tomorrow will be a great day. God has been by my side the whole time. All your prayers and love have kept me going as well. Wish me luck. I’m having a C-section at 7 and then a radial hysterectomy right after. I’ll be fine. Thank you, God, for keeping me positive through all the hard times.’ And that was her last post.
Snider successfully got through the surgeries, but something untowardly happened later. It was Jamie’s heart that failed her and she died. But, Jamie, probably as a tribute to her fighting spirit, got to hold her babies for the last few moments just before her death and share that signature smile with them.
Both her babies were born healthy and we hope that they grow up to be as strong as their mother Jamie, imbibe the fighting spirit their mother demonstrated to bring them to life. Jamie will not only be remembered for her fighting spirit but also for her signature smile that did not leave her even in her death.
A photo of Jamie from better times.