Aug 01, 2012 - 2:47 am
My mama was diagnosed 10 yrs ago with stage 4 non-small cell metatastic lung cancer and was given a 2% chance of survival. Within The 10 yrs the cancer has spread to ribs spine hips bones and sacrum. She received radiation 5 yrs ago on the sacrum and has been taking chemotherapy pills since diagnosised. Recently she was having rectal pain due too stage 4 hemmoroids and found those through a colonoscopy. After her colonoscopy she started losing feel in her legs every so often and was taken to the ER. She was sent home telling her that the lower extremities were in shock from the colonoscopy. :( Her legs went numb again and also her vision became blurred. Taking her to the ER again they admitted her. It is now 3 week later after taking high doses of steroids and 15 radiation treatments on top of physical and occupational therapy. I forgot to mention the second radiation treatment to her spine burst her T6 and she is paralyzed basically from the bottom of her sternum down. I am a wreck but a caregivers by gift. It is her faith in god that keeps her alive. I on the otherhand am weak even though I am a caregiver. I never thought at the age of 37 would be taking care of my mama who is 58. I'm looking for ways to cope...answers as to how radiation could burst a vertebrae (as her chart say the cause was)..was it a mistake by dr's? Was it too high of a dose? Will she continue to be paralyzed for the rest of her life?