Nov 15, 2010 - 10:11 pm
Last Tuesday morning my mom died at the age of 75. Her fight starts back 16 years ago with the stage 3 uterine cancer.She had a complete hysterectomy. She then had chemo. She did great.Then 9 years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had lump removed from left breast. She had radiation. Did great. Then 5 years ago she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She had a small tumor and part of left lung removed.No radiation or chemo that time. Now 5 years later. My mom had back pain in mid July of this year. Went to dr. says showed a large tumor pressing on spine. Further tests showed reoccurence of lung cancer on right lung this time. Tumor on upper and lower lobes of right lung. Stage 4 lung cancer with mets to spine,rib,and breast.She had 16 treatments of radiation. The radiation shrunk tumor that was pressing on spine so she went from taking lortab every 4 hrs to 4 lortab a day. What bothered her most was the nausea that she had with the cancer this time. Even now I am not sure why she was nautious all of the time.She had nausea before she started treatments.Didn't have an appetite most of the time either. Lost between 10 to 15 lbs. from late July to November.Seemed depressed alot of the time also. Then a couple of weeks ago she had a hard time breathing.Rushed to the ER. Did an ekg and chest xray. Showed pneumonia. Thought it was just a touch as thats what dr said. Said she needed to be in hospital for a couple of days.By the 2nd day the dr put her in ICU. They said they were going to do a procedure giving antibiotics, an iv and a mask over her nose with oxygen. That was Thursday and Friday. By Saturday nite they decided that the procedure they tried was just not working. She was only getting 53% oxygen.Her chest was pounding she was breathing so hard. It was heart breaking watching her. So on Saturday nite she was hooked up to the ventilator. At least her breathing was better. She was sedated. dr said not completely out but sedated enough but because of her high blood pressure could only sedate so much. We prayed that she could hear what we were saying to her. She was sedated enough though that she never opened her eyes. During entire time on ventilator the numbers on the screen never really ended up where drs wanted them to be. Tuesday morning the numbers were all over the place. Her blood pressure starting dropping and heart rate. The drs did what they could to raise them and they came right back down. She died very quickly after that. She died on the ventilator.I didn't get there until afterwards but my family said she just went to sleep. We miss her terribly.This was her 4th time with cancer. She was able to beat 3 of those cancers but this 4th time it just wasnt meant to be. She had cancer on and off over 16 years and in between those times with cancer she lived a full wonderful life. Working, doing everyday things, travelling. She had a great life!