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Emotional Country Song about a Mom with Cancer

When it all seems to be falling apart, there’s mom, pulling it all together again. From scraped knees to broken hearts, mom is where we gather our strength. Our heads rest on her shoulder, and with outstretched arms wrapped tightly around her, we feel safe. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in our lives or hers; that moment when mom hugs us, we know for that minute that everything is going to be O.K.

Moms Know More Than Most Anyone

We look up to her as our guide; we’re just learning, and mom is our most beautiful teacher. She cares for us with a depth of love that few people have ever captured in writing; she’s the constant in a continually changing world. We’re not sure why, but she seems to have all the answers, and we’re so glad to have a mom who knows so much. Every hug and kiss shapes who we become. Her love is what matters most.

Even Dad is in Awe of Mom

He watches her as she organizes schedules, prepares meals, heads to work, sits at the kitchen table helping with homework, reading stories and all of it while fixing boo-boos, handing out hugs, and teaching the kids the difference between right and wrong. He wonders how she does it all….’ impressed’ is putting it mildly.

The Doctor Told Her She Has Cancer Today

How does she tell her family? How does she turn their world from a loving home of normalcy and safe routine into a storm of unknowingness, a world of fear? She knows her kids don’t deserve this kind of pain, and just that fact is enough to rip her insides out. It isn’t fair..but she has to find a way to pull it together, because moms are ‘Tough’ and that’s what they do for everyone in the home.

The Family Stands Strong Beside Her – Everyone Steps Up

Dad breaks down and cries tears he never knew lived in him. Mom holds dad with incredible grace, and tells him, “honey, it’ll be ok, we’ll get through this, I’m still here, and I’m a fighter’. Everyone gathers ’round for a family group hug, but it’s the most moving moment of everyone’s life; they know within their entire being that Mom truly is the toughest person they’ve ever known. This fight will become the fight of not just her life, but of theirs as well.


This incredibly moving song written by Joe Leathers and Monty Criswell, and recorded by Craig Morgan, was released in 2007. The song is about a dedicated mother who receives the terrible news that she has breast cancer. The song is sung from her husband’s perspective – he’s inspired by all she does, and now this, and ‘he thought he was tough.’  More about Craig Morgan on his Website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Surprisingly, the song only reached Number 11 on the U.S. Hot Country Songs Billboard in 2007. However, the first time I heard the song was by Tate Stevens, the Winner of the X Factor in 2012, where the song was reborn for many who hadn’t heard it.

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  1. Cynthia says:

    What an amazing song and a very talented young man. Mothers do tend to be real “tough” troopers that hold the entire family together in difficult times.

  2. It has extra beauty to it with a man singing about his wife doesn’t it? thanks Cynthia for dropping by again.

  3. dawn rae says:

    I have heard this on the radio once and had no idea who sang it. Thanks for sharing. Now I know who sings it and I’ll look up more of his music.

  4. Susan says:

    Wow, there seems to no end to beautiful emotional songs that country artists share. My own mother had breast cancer so this is particularly moving for me.

  5. Susan, sorry your mom had to go through this, had to be so difficult <3

  6. Thanks for checking out the page Dawn. Craig Morgan has so many powerful songs in country music.

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