Dec 26, 2011 - 8:20 pm
My mom is newly diagnosed with ppc stemming from a 2008 diagnonsis of gallbladder cancer. We received this news during a routine scan at MSKCC in New York. No symptoms. No pain. It is a hard pill to swallow since she looks fabulous. After the gallbladder cancer tx, Mom had a partial liver resecction with lymph nodes. We thought that after 3years of negative scans, we were in the clear. God has a different plan.
I have read this board from start to finish over the past couple of weeks and just wanted you all to know that when we went to meet with the Onc last week, I felt empowered with the knowledge I learned here, from treatments to drugs to side effects to support resources. The most important thing I have learned is that everyone's medical experience is different, but we are united in our journey. We go tomorrow for a baseline ct scan to see what has changed since Nov. 14th and do some preliminary blood work before the first round of Cisplatin/Gemcitibine treatments start next week.
I was incredibly saddened to read today about Mum2bella&william's mum. I am the primary caregiver for my mom and know that this is a long road and at times will be extremely difficult. My mom is my inspiration and has remained strong for us as she says she is still the parent and the role model. There may come a day that we will have to pick her up, but for today, she is strong and facing this challenge head on.