May 22, 2013 - 3:18 am
On April 22, 2013 I took my mom to ER. She had been having random stomach pain & vomiting for a few weeks. It wasnt constant or even daily. She made it sound like it was nothing to be concerned about. She lives here with me and my daughter. I am her only child. The day I took her in was because my daughter was out of school and was here with her all day. When I got home she told me that she had been vomiting all day. So that was enough, we went to ER. We assumed this was a virus and that we would get antibiotics and be back home. Not quite. After her ultrasound, the Dr ordered a CT scan. After he had the results, he came and told us he wanted to admit her for observation. He saw some "abnormalities" with her liver and wanted to do more tests as an inpatient.
The next day they biopsy her liver and order a colonoscopy and GI series done. While she is having those tests, the dr comes in her room, where I am waiting alone for her return. He introduces himself and asks if I have any questions. I asked him what the biopsy showed, he stated he didnt gave the results yet. So, I ask him if the abnormality benign and that is when he told he, no, she has cancer. I was stunned. My life flashed before my eyes, ironic, right? Not really, because she has been here for me my whole life. So, I asked him if she knows yet and he said no, he would be back later to tell her. He never came back that day, so I had to act like I knew nothing. The next day we found out, that it was not only cancer, but stage IV and not only was it in her liver, but also her pancreas, adrenal gland & bile duct. However, they still didnt know the source or origin. So since then she has had her bones, brain, lungs, and breast all scanned. They have biopsied her breast and they believe that is the culprit but they will know more after her PET scan next week.
They have decided to go on and start chemo this week (Thursday) because its been almost a month since her diagnosis and want to see if treatment will at least shrink the mass in her liver. She is trying to be strong for me and I am trying to be strong for her but this has been the absolute hardest month of my entire life. I love hearing/reading survivor stories when cancer loses. Please send positive thoughts our way as we begin this journey.