Jul 10, 2013 - 2:23 am
I struggled for a while with the subject for this post since I didn't want anyone to think it was about me. My dad called today to say that my mom collapsed and is in the hospital. They thought it was a stroke at first but it's actually a brain tumor. They can't do a biopsy for a couple days until the swelling goes down-- they're giving her medication for that now.
I bought a plane ticket for tomorrow morning, then my dad called back to say my mom woke up and said I shouldn't come until they know more. I have to respect her request because when I was going through treatments, my parents wanted to come but I said no. I knew the treatments wouldn't kill me and I didn't want to see anyone when I was so sick. So I'll keep the phone handy and think positive thoughts. Once they can do a biopsy and we have a diagnosis, I'll research the best cancer hospital in St. Louis (Barnes, already looked) and clinical studies.
i know enough from my research woes to not jump to conclusions. It could be benign or very slow growing. But it's another reminder for me about the need for us to understand and conquer this disease. I confess that the news today brought back the fear and dread, especially knowing I go back in a month to have the hot spot on my PET re-examined.
So here I am, asking my fellow warriors for a thought tonight for my mom, and ultimately for all of us.