This weekend, the spotlight will be on moms. They’ll be treated to special gifts, meals and more for Mother’s Day.
For a young Mayfair woman, being a mother has extra meaning.
“Isla is 5, and she’s my princess. She wants to be dressed up, she wants her hair cut a certain way,” says Rachel Riley. “Aevyn is my bulldozer. She will bulldoze through anything and everyone. Nothing fazes her,” she adds.
Rachel relishes motherhood after being told for years it wasn’t an option.
That’s because, as a rebellious teen, Rachel let her diabetes go out of control.
“I stopped taking my insulin,” she recalls, adding, “I just wanted to do what everybody else was doing, and eat what everyone else was eating.”
In time, Rachel’s kidneys failed and she needed a transplant. At 26, with a new kidney and committed to controlling her diabetes, Rachel got a green light to start a family.