Jul 02, 2011 - 12:37 am
Today my mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 b lung cancer at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, MN. She has been fighting pneumonia for some time until finally local hospital found 2 spots on her right lung. She opted for the Mayo clinic as it is only 3 hours away from them for further tests. Today they found two enlarged lymph nodes on her extreme upper right lung, one confirmed cancer spot on her lower right lung with a possible second spot. Initally the "spot" was a sugical case until the enlarged lymph glands where found which now makes her non-surgical Stage 3b. She will go back next week for a biopsy of the lymph nodes but the PET scan showed they where enlarged and "a little off color". We assume after that they will prescribe a treatment plan for her which I think we are both scared about. I live 12 hours away from my mom who I talk to on the phone every day. It is so frusterating to not be able to be there for her right now or understand what she is going through or feeling. Even she does not know what all this means. I would love to hear some good news, or at least some words to help me prepare for what I have ahead of me. When you are only 35 years old it is hard to think of your parents mortality. How can I help her be strong through this? She is a VERY strong person and I know she is ready to fight this as much as she can but neither of us really know what to expect. When you research this cancer on the web it is not very good news, but when reading this network I see success stories. Any words of advice to help us stray strong from other mother/daughers out there?