These are the moms who have outlived their children. They are mothers without official titles and have concocted clever ways to answer, "how many children do you have?" when asked by well meaning folk. These mothers cling to old memories, photo albums and painful frequent visits to cemeteries.
Never heard of Ewing sarcoma? Be grateful. It is a cancer of the bone and soft tissue, affecting mostly kids and young adults but can strike anyone, anywhere in the body, at any age. Researchers pinpointed a chromosomal translocation as the cause.