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Marine surprises his mother at chemo appointment after years apart

When cancer strikes, most people need to feel the support of their family. That was no different for mother Mary Glasure who was dealt a devastating diagnosis just two weeks ago.

Mary Glasure, a mother-of-seven, had undergone a harrowing fortnight of scans and tests to find out that cancer was the root cause of symptoms that had been affecting her left breast, spine and left lung.

While getting treatment at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center, Ohio, Mary was busy bracing herself for even more “horrible news” when a man, who she believed was a doctor, walked in the room.

“I couldn’t understand what he was saying to me,” Glasure told CBS News. “I was thinking: Oh my God, now what?”

Mary said the man in blue scrubs and a mask sternly turned to her and said, “I have a lunch appointment to get to; let’s hurry up.”

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To which the baffled patient responded: “Uh, okay…”

But when the “doctor” moved close to her and removed his mask Mary’s anxiety moved to excitement.

Her son, Marine Cpl. Corey Hoffmaster, was the man standing before her with a glinting smile.

“I didn’t even know my own son!” a shocked Glasure said. “When he took his mask off, I just went nuts.”

Hoffmaster greeted his mother with a hug and a warm, “Hi Mama”.

What made the meeting so special was that the pair had not physically seen each other in two years since the military man had been stationed in Yuma, Arizona and had not returned to his hometown since.

It seems that the visit from her son was exactly the kind of gesture needed to lift her spirits during her difficult diagnosis.

“I was hoping he would come home,” Mary said. “I wanted him to be here in person.”

You can watch the full video on YouTube.

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