"I'm an only child, so taking care of my mom has always been in the back of my mind," Julia told Today.com of the importance of celebrating with her mom. "But as a girl in my 20s, to hear that my mom had been diagnosed with this horrible disease... you just think, 'Oh my gosh. No.'"
"She may not be the same person in every sense, but she is alive," she added. "And we need to share that life, even if it's only for a short amount of time."