| | mom's cancer journey-it's over
9-11-01 Mom (divorced, age 67)is disgnosed with nonsmall cell adenocarcinoma. In the lung and lining, The chemo begins soon, it gave her blood clots but reduced the cancer. Then in spring 2001 April or May she goes on Irressa. no side effects.
July 2002- she seems unwell and goes to doctor. August - seems like she had a stroke....she was acting drunk.
8-02 mom's lung cancer spread to the brain and growing in lung again. She's a fighter. whole head rediation + chemo again.
12-02 mom is so weak she can hardly be out of bed.
1-03-6-03 mom is very weak in bed most of the time. We are wearing ourselves out caring for her and overseeing the care when we're not there. We live in the same time but have to work. (sinceI am a techer I can spend a ot of time with her in the summer)
Mom goes off chemo in March to spend time at my brothers and get stronger for a visit form other relatives. She does not get stronger. In June she undergoes aggressive rehab, can walk again with a walker for short distances. Toilets are a problem. Decadron has weakened her.
8-03 mom's cancer in her liver, hospice called -she was given weeks or months.
9-30-03- mom died. She has grown mome and more tired.at 8:30 she was tlaking to an aide. when they returned at 9:00 to discuss breakfast she was gone. She died alone.
In all I am glad the liver cancer rather than the brain cancer is what took her. We could talk right to the end. There was quite a loss of dignity however when she needed diapers and could do nothing for herself.
Sometimes healing is into death rather than back into life. Our spiritual beliefs carry us now.
thank you for your time I will be happy to offer advice to thoose who may need it based on our experience.
appreciate each healthy day you have and carpe diem!