Nov 04, 2004 - 1:55 am
My mother went to the hospital because her stomach was extremely swollen and extremely painful. They found that it was ascites and discovered adenocarcinoma. She has about a hundred doctor's appointments in the next week. They say they'll operate, but don't know when. We don't yet know what stage it is. I live far away and am scared. My mother is a single parent of a child with special needs and takes care of other children with special needs. She has very little money, just got health insurance, and has next to no support system. Her lifestyle isn't all that healthy. I really don't know what to expect over the next few days, weeks or years. I'm scared and want to help, but don't know when I'll be most needed. Is it likely that she'll be able to continue working at all through her treatment? What should I do (besides wait)? How should I expect her to feel physically over the next few months? I'm wondering if I should plan a long visit or a relocation. I know I need to wait and get more information, but I'm feeling helpless. Any advice or insight would be so helpfull. Thank you.