Here is a link to a CaringBridge site I started for Mom.
She is not doing well, but I wanted to thank all of you for taking the time to brighten her last days.
Hugs to all of you,
Well, we just met with her doctor and the news was really bad. She has stage 4 metastatic cancer that has spread to her adrenal glands, lungs and bones. Because of the type of cancer she can only be treated with chemotherapy. It can't be cured, but they are going to try and manage it. At this point we are going to do chemotherapy for a couple of months and see if she makes any improvement. Mom and our whole family are greatly in need of your prayers now. Thankyou.
Quick update from 10/11
They tried to send us home yesterday. I was a little worried since mom was too weak to do anything to care for herself. But since I could be with her constantly, I thought she might be more comfortable at home. Unfortunately, trying to get her in from the car made her so exhausted and winded that she couldn't get her breathe, and after about 5min of not being able to breathe we had to call the ambulance. They took her back to the ER and they found out she had pneumonia. It turned out to be a blessing, because if we hadn't tried to take her home it probably would have been a while before they found it. Now that it is being treated she is already feeling a lot better. I can't say how grateful I am for all the heath care professionals who have helped us!
Last Saturday night Mom got so weak that Dad took her to the ER. was admitted and had a blood transfusion, and then they have kept her in. She is having trouble eating and so they are keeping her here. I arrived today and am glad that I will be able to be here with her. Since she was already in the hospital, they went ahead and started her on chemo, which I am very grateful for. I know the road through chemo will be rough, but I am hoping that soon she will start to improve enough to stand up and maybe even go home for a while.
Since she is too weak to do anything, she is very bored. Cards really brighten her day. If you have time to send a card, that would be wonderful and would really lift her spirits! I can't tell you how much we appreciate your thoughts, prayers and cards!
Well, sadly, it is time to update this request again. Actually we have known for a few weeks that her cancer was back, but I haven't had the heart to write about it before now.
For a couple of months Mom has been feeling very weak, and about a month ago she decided to go to the doctor. It turned out that she was very anemic and needed a blood transfusion. While they were trying to find out what made this happen, they noticed something in her blood work that indicated her cancer might have returned. They sent her in for a PET scan and that showed "hot spots" under her arm and in her bones. Then she had a biopsy that confirmed that it is cancer.
The truth is that Mom is very down. The blood transfusion only helped a little and even after they did a second one she is still too weak to care for herself, stamp, or do anything fun. Also very frustrating is that every appointment seems to be spaced 2-3 weeks apart, so that she won't even be able to see the oncologist until October 12th, so right now we know that her cancer was aggressive and returned right away, but she is getting no treatment.
She could really use bright cheerful cards, cyberhugs and prayers now. Thank you so much!
Mom's Bell's Palsy hasn't reversed itself, and her eye has been really bothering her. About a week ago the opthamologist sewed a couple of temporary stitches in her eyelid to force her eye to close and hopefully give her some relief. This has actually helped quite a lot, so in two weeks (the Monday after Memorial Day) she will be having a more permanent proceedure where the cut a small slit in her eyelids and sew them together so that they will grow together. This can be undone if and when her palsy clears up. If any of you are willing to send her a card to wish her well in this surgery, I know she would be delighted!
Mom finished her radiation last Monday. We are so excited to have finished this part of the journey! Now the only treatment that she has left is to take Tamoxifen for a few months, and that usually has little or mild side effects. Unfortunately, my mom ended up in the hospital last Thursday, because of facial paralysis and slurred speech. It ended up being Bell's Palsy, but at first they thought she had a stroke. One side of her face droops and her eye won't close, so her eye is drying out and bothering her and she is having trouble eating. But we still feel really blessed because the palsy will go away in a few weeks or months and she will be back to normal.
I know a lot of you have already sent a card, but anyone who has time to send one (or another one) will be greatly appreciated!
Mom has developed a hematoma as a complication of her surgery and is going to have to have a second surgery tomorrow to clean it out and install a new drain. Any card you could send would be great! Thanks so much!
We are home and mom is actually doing great! She is already doing her exercises and working toward full recovery. A big THANK YOU to all you wonderful people who have supported us through this journey!
Mom's surgery is today. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!
Mom has finished her course of chemo, (yay!) and she is starting to get her strength back. I will fly out this Saturday to be with her during surgery. She will be having a lumpectomy on the 16th, and they will also be taking some lymph nodes for biopsy. We would really appreciate any cards, prayers, or supportive thoughts you would be willing to send.
I spent two weeks with my mom while she was starting her chemo. It was so wonderful to see all the cards flow in from all the wonderful and caring SCSers.
Mom has been doing pretty well. She did decide to shave her head when her hair started falling out in clumps, but on that same day she got several homemade cards in the mail. It is amazing how much that cheered her up! Some days she is very weak, but other days she feels fine. Some days she is even up to stamping! Her living room is filled with homemade cards, and they cheer her up all the time. We can’t tell you all how much the cards, kind thoughts, and prayers have meant to us. I wish I could give you all a big hug! I had to return to Minnesota but hope to get to visit her again soon.
Mom has been responding well to the chemo. She has been very fatigued, but otherwise most of time she feels ok. Her doctor told her to try to keep moving as much as possible, so we have been encouraging her to do anything that sounds fun. It's no surprise that she was up to the challenge of doing a few VSN (virtual stamp night) cards last weekend. And then a wonderful thing happened, one of her cards was chosen for the honors gallery! I really want to thank all of you who are going to take the time to send her a card, and those of you who have already done it. We can't tell you how much your kindness means to us.
My mom starts her chemo tomorrow, but I just talked to her for a while tonight and she was in good spirits. She received several cards from all you wonderful SCSers, and was delighted! Thanks so much. If anyone else wants to send a card, I know it will still be appreciated!
Some of you may have talked to my mom, Jackie (m&m'sgrandma) here on SCS. She loves to play on Splitcoast, especially to participate in the challenges. She's a sweet quiet lady who loves to make handmade cards for people in order to bring a little cheer into their lives. Well, now I would like to ask you to send one to her. She was just diagnosed with breast cancer, and I know that she would really enjoy receiving cards from other SCSers. I don't think she would like for me to post her address publicly, but please PM me and I will send it to you. Thanks so much!