Feb 29, 2012 - 2:24 am
My Mom was just diagnosed yesterday. She hasn't gone through staging yet to see if it has spread. They found it two weeks ago as a 4 cm in diameter mass. I don't know how big it is now because I don't know just HOW rapid SCLC grows... I am terrified.
I love my Mom so much and it takes everything in me not to cry uncontrollably when I am around her. I know that stress and tears is not going to help her. She is being so strong. The first thing she said when she walked in from the doctor was "It's okay, I am going to fight this." All smiles too. I don't know how she is doing it.
She was a smoker. The day she found out there was a mass in her chest she stopped smoking, hasn't had a puff since. She is breathing so much better, is no longer coughing, and no more wheezing either. It's like she is 10 times healthier... it doesn't make any sense!
They have to do the CT and MRI Thursday and Friday of this week to make sure it has not spread to the brain or bone. Then she will set up her treatments.
I keep doing research and keep looking for posts or stories of people that have survived longer than two years after being diagnosed and haven't found anything. Everything I have read has said people with SCLC don't survive longer than two years WITH treatment.
Can anyone give me a positive attitude for what we are about to go through? Can anyone give me a GOOD story? I am so scared. My Mom is the person I go to when I have a problem, to tell me everything will be okay. Now that she is the one with the problem, and it is out of my control, I can't say the same to her. Please help me have a peace of mind. She will be going to Barnes Jewish Hospital for treatment. Is that a good hospital? Are they good doctors? Please help :(