May 13, 2012 - 1:49 am
My mother was diagnosed with stage 3 UPSC in Jan. 2012. Tonight, I am in her hospital room wondering if she will make it through the night. She went through 3 rounds of carbo/taxol and it did nothing...cancer still progressed. They gave her a treatment of doxorubicin a few weeks ago, and I believe that's what has just about killed her. She has kidney dysfunction, blood clots in both legs (and possibly still in lungs), her body from the waist down is extremely bloated, she has ascites (abdomen is very distended) full of fluid. They drained 4 liters of fluid out of her stomach a few days ago.
She's called my sister and I to be by her side as if she won't make it much longer. I feel so lost and confused about this. Just a few months ago she was very much alive and vibrant. I stayed with her during the hysterectomy in January and was so hopeful that the chemo would work. but it seems it made things worse.
I really just wanted to talk about this. I'm the older sibling and I'm supposed to be the strong one...everyone keeps saying. So, I guess I'm not allowed to show real emotion so I can be "strong".
My mother is african-american btw. I don't think there are any black women on this board with upsc. Black women have the poorest prognosis also. So, if there's anyone out there who has had success with this type of cancer and stage, please let me know.