Sep 11, 2012 - 3:52 pm
Last week we found out the cause of my mothers swallowing problems is because of a tumor in her esophagus. She has had trouble swallowing for months and finally after much debate and practically forcing and a stay at the hospital mom finally got herself to a doctor. They did xrays and saw that there was a blockage in her esophagus followed by a scope and biopsy indicating it was in fact a cancerous tumor. Then it was the PET scan. The scan revealed the cancer has infact spread, stomach, liver, nodes. The doctors said she has less than a year and that she is not a candidate for surgery and did not recommend chemo because it would disrupt the quality of life she has left and they would start radiation treatment to try and shrink the tumors. My mom is 63 years young and little to say my small family is devastated. We are trying not to think of the negatives and trying to spend as much time with my mom as we can while trying to give her every reason to fight this bastard we call Cancer. She just welcomed her fourth grandchild on Friday that was bittersweet but made naming her after my mom just that more special. My other sister has taken off full force in getting my mom to completely change her diet and quit smoking, that has been the biggest battle for my mom to stop smoking, she's been doing it for 40+years...(any recommendations on how to help her through this?) we have cut out all sugar and started mom on various health supplements. They are doing a form of detox and started juicing just yesterday. Mom's other struggle as I'm sure many of you know is finding a way to eat. She is just so hungry...and mom when she is hungry and not smoking is very very difficult to be around sometimes. I try to stay patient and distract her away from her urges but I couldn't imagine being that hungry and not being able to eat.