trying to cope with losing Mom

swalsh
swalsh Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Surviving Caregivers #1
It has been a little over 1 year since I lost my Mom. She was my best friend in the world. She was diagnosed in Jan. with gall bladder cancer, only after the removal of her gall bladder due to gall stones. She passed away in Aug. The doctors said that there were no signs of cancer anywhere else and kept giving us all kinds of false hope. They also wanted to do "preventive treatment" just in case there was something they were missing. We took her to 3 different hospitals and 2 out of 3 gave us the same info. Gall bladder cancer is really rare, and there is not much known about how to treat it. So my Mom went into treatment. I watched her lose a lot of weight. I watched her become more dependent on me, my brother and Dad. I watched this once strong, independent woman become very fraile and almost childlike. I haven't really been able to talk about my Mom's passing until recently. It's felt like a nightmare to me and I would just rather not think about it. She passed away the day before her and my Dad's 30th wedding anniversary. I was only 25 when she died. I just feel really alone even though I have a wonderful family support system, my life is just different now. I don't want to talk to them because I don't want to bring them down. Is there anyone who could shed a little light on coping with such a tremendous loss? I would appreciate it.
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  • Fatboy
    Fatboy Member Posts: 25
    Oh, sweetheart, I have no idea what you are going thru but my heart goes out to you! Losing a loved one, especially your mother has to be devasting. Please come in CSN chat room, there are many people who can help, listen, make you laugh, make you cry. They have helped me. Again, my deepest sympathy for your lost.
  • law
    law Member Posts: 2
    Your story sounds so similar to mine. I have a very close family as well, Dad & my older brother. I am young too (27 when my mom died) Christmas 2002. Mom & I were best friends as well, went shopping every Saturday. It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through. There probably isn't much worse of a loss, other than losing a child. I know what you are going through. I couldn't talk about it for a long while without losing it and I couldn't even talk to my family b/c they were too upset too & I didn't want to make it worse. I even resorted to drinking a lot to try to make myself feel better. (Don't let yourself do this, you'll pay for it later & I don't mean with a hangover!) I can tell you that time helps, It just gets better day by day. Eventually you will be able to think of your mom & remember all the fun stuff instead of the bad sick days. You are going to hurt and feel hollow for a good while but just talk to her in your mind and try to hear her replies-to yourself of course (or your co-workers may have you committed!) I always try to think of what funny little comments she would have made and it makes me feel like she is still here.

    I am here to talk to you anytime you need to. Just drop me a note. Sorry if I rambled...
  • yellerjeeper
    yellerjeeper Member Posts: 1
    Hi. I just lost my dad to adrenocortical cancer 8 days ago, on Oct 4. He was 50 years old and he and my mom had just celebrated 28 years at the end of August. I am 24 and my sister is 22. I understand the devastation you experienced when you lost your mom. My family has always been very close-knit. My dad was my hero my whole life and I'm still completely numb over losing him. He was diagnosed with a tumor on July 7, cancer on August 6 after/during surgery, and 8 weeks later was gone. Prior to surgery he was a seemingly perfectly healthy guy who spent every free moment on his horses or his motorcycle. His speedy decline left all our heads spinning. I guess the stuff that's made it easier to deal with is being able to spend a lot of time with the horses. That was something we did together, so being with them now is my way of still connecting with my dad. Every time I walk into the stables I feel my dad with me. My dad's best friend told me the day my dad died that it would help me to find a place I could go to reconnect with my dad. The barn does that for me and even though it's only been 8 days, I'm doing much better than I ever expected. I think it's important to give yourself lots of opportunities to 'feel' your loved one rather than focus on the fact that you will never see them again.

    Don't get me wrong, every time I think of my dad's last months I am infuriated. The cancer he had is a 1 in 2,000,000 deal. The American Cancer Society does not even fund research for it. When I think about how miserable he was at the end and the fact that he had to suffer at all, I just have to make my mind go somewhere else. Maybe it's an avoidance technique, but it's working for me right now. My dad wouldn't have wanted me to be continuously sad. We shed enough tears together while he was dying.

    What you said about your life being different now... I only have 8 days experience with that, but you're so right. Things will never be the same. I'm getting a taste of that. My mom is actually talking about going out of state for Christmas and Thanksgiving...something we've never contemplated since almost our entire family lives in the same area.

    I know I'm probably giving you more info than you wanted, but I just want you to know you are not alone in your coping. Also, I'm on this board to find people my age who are dealing with the loss of a parent. I hope I haven't bored you too much. Peace, Jenny.
  • swalder
    swalder Member Posts: 4
    I lost my mom in March. I watched a very strong woman whom I loved and cherished diminish into a very weak, dependent lady. I am never going to forget watching her go. I miss her and still cry for her everyday. I have found there are friends who want to fix me, tell me to cheer up. I don't want to cheer up, I want to scream and cry and get mom back. I totally understand your pain and I also know that time does get a little better. They say when you are a caregiver, your grief is postponed because at first you are just relieved that your loved one is no longer suffering. The pain hits when you realize the magnitude of your loss. I don't know if that makes any sense, but it did to me. And then you have to deal with the fact that people think you should be "over" it. No one understands that you don't just get over it. It takes time, and lots of it for you to adjust to your life after losing someone so significant. I know you are only 25, I am 40 and that is too soon to lose a mom. I can't even imagine life without her at that young of an age. My heart goes out to you and I hope you find those people who can help you. They don't want to fix you, they want to listen to you. Please find those people. They really help. I am still searching for my safe person, sometimes I think I have found them and then they stop being safe by trying to cheer me up. These people need to understand your loss, not minimize it. I hope this helps in some way for you to understand it is totally ok to still be feeling this way. You have to express your grief to get past it. Remember that, if you hold it in, it will never be expressed. You are in my prayers, dear. Hold tight and let your tears go.
    Sonja
  • chua_5
    chua_5 Member Posts: 1
    I never want to tell anyone that I understand what they're going through because everyone's circumstances are different, so I'll just say I can relate. I'm 25 and I lost my mom 6 months ago to osteosarcoma. It was just around this time last year that she was diagnosed. Yes it has thrown my life so out of whack. I don't like to show my family my emotion either for the same reason as you (i think we all don't). I've just been taking it day by day. I think that's the best we can do. Sometimes I wonder when the day will come when I feel better, but I guess that's not for me to know right now. Just don't avoid living your life. Take the time you need to heal. That's all the advice I know so far. I'm still new too.
  • abrzez
    abrzez Member Posts: 2
    I can completely sympathize with you on losing a mother. And I know how it is to feel alone. My mom and my best friend, my confidante, contracted leukemia in the summer before my sophomore year of high school. She fought 3 hard months, but in the end, even my eloquent, strong mother couldn't defeat the disease. It was horrible, too, every single day that I watched her in her diminishing state. When a writer/editor can't form a sentence or make sense, you know something is terribly wrong. In the last week or so of her life, she was on life support in the ICU, on a breathing tube, which I think was one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen, but by far, the last 45 minutes of her life, when they finally took her off life support are the images that are forever burned in my memory, and haunt me to this day.
    I was only 15 when she passed away. 2 years later - I'm 17 now, a senior in high school, I'm applying to colleges, and graduating in this coming year, all without her.
    And to top it all off, my dad, who I've never really had a real relationship with and this crisis hasn't changed that fact, is getting remarried at the end of this year. I'm pretty much on my own, and the whole thing has just been such a strain on me emotionally.
    Anyone else out there that would want to chat?
  • hollyberry
    hollyberry Member Posts: 173
    abrzez said:

    I can completely sympathize with you on losing a mother. And I know how it is to feel alone. My mom and my best friend, my confidante, contracted leukemia in the summer before my sophomore year of high school. She fought 3 hard months, but in the end, even my eloquent, strong mother couldn't defeat the disease. It was horrible, too, every single day that I watched her in her diminishing state. When a writer/editor can't form a sentence or make sense, you know something is terribly wrong. In the last week or so of her life, she was on life support in the ICU, on a breathing tube, which I think was one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen, but by far, the last 45 minutes of her life, when they finally took her off life support are the images that are forever burned in my memory, and haunt me to this day.
    I was only 15 when she passed away. 2 years later - I'm 17 now, a senior in high school, I'm applying to colleges, and graduating in this coming year, all without her.
    And to top it all off, my dad, who I've never really had a real relationship with and this crisis hasn't changed that fact, is getting remarried at the end of this year. I'm pretty much on my own, and the whole thing has just been such a strain on me emotionally.
    Anyone else out there that would want to chat?

    So sorry for your loss
    I am a dying mom and I just wanted to give you a mom's perspective. We have a beautiful baby, we thank God for him or her or them and then, we spend every moment of the rest of lives trying to show you all of the love that we feel for you in our hearts. So, we find routines that soothe you, say words that are meant only for you and hope when we have to leave you that some of the love and care that we have given you will get you through the hard parts. I have told my children that they are a part of me and I am a part of them and we will never really be apart; I know that your mom wants you to remember her deep, unending love for you. You're the reason she got up so many mornings, you're the reason she felt so blessed, you're the reason she existed, in her mind and heart. Try to remember her smile, her laugh, that special time you had together; those were the best gifts she could give you! I know, because I have to say goodbye to my kids and all that I have to give of real importance is my love, our memories and I will then watch over them everyday until I can see them again.Don't doubt that she is watching over you right now, as proud of you as she's ever been!! Love like that does not ever end and remember when she told you that she would always love you, she meant it- that is eternal.
    So much love and care to you,
    Hollyberry
  • peachieangel
    peachieangel Member Posts: 1
    Still trying to cope...
    My mom died with cancer that had spread to her lungs, when i was just 9 years old and she was only 30. This friday it will be 8 years since she died and I am stil finding it very difficult to cope with the thought of the future. I never knew she was dying, only that she was sick and I never got to tell her just how much she meant to me. I have been through many birthdays, and many other events without her and it still hurts so much that she isnt here to share them. Its difficult to think that she wont be here in 9 months time when i graduate, or at my wedding, or to advise me through having my own children but i know that on all of these occasions she will be with me in a different way. The advice i can give is the same as others here.. dont try to let go but dont dwell on the hard times either. Never forget her smile or her laugh, the good times you shared because as time passes those things will count more and more.
    I never got to know my mom, never had the chance to appreciate the strong beautiful person that she was or acknowledge just how much she loved me, so cherish the thought that you knew your mom for as long as you did.
  • So sorry for your loss
    I am a dying mom and I just wanted to give you a mom's perspective. We have a beautiful baby, we thank God for him or her or them and then, we spend every moment of the rest of lives trying to show you all of the love that we feel for you in our hearts. So, we find routines that soothe you, say words that are meant only for you and hope when we have to leave you that some of the love and care that we have given you will get you through the hard parts. I have told my children that they are a part of me and I am a part of them and we will never really be apart; I know that your mom wants you to remember her deep, unending love for you. You're the reason she got up so many mornings, you're the reason she felt so blessed, you're the reason she existed, in her mind and heart. Try to remember her smile, her laugh, that special time you had together; those were the best gifts she could give you! I know, because I have to say goodbye to my kids and all that I have to give of real importance is my love, our memories and I will then watch over them everyday until I can see them again.Don't doubt that she is watching over you right now, as proud of you as she's ever been!! Love like that does not ever end and remember when she told you that she would always love you, she meant it- that is eternal.
    So much love and care to you,
    Hollyberry

    your words are so inspirational hollyberry
    I am 22 years old and I just lost my mom on January 2nd, 2009 from Leukemia. Her whole life revolved around ACS and Relay for Life. She was my absolute best friend and my whole world. Reading your post reminds me that even though I watched my mom die, she watched us watch her die. I can't imagine how hard it is to have to leave your family. She's had cancer for 15 years and passed just 11 days after her 41st birthday. Your family is in my prayers and miracles CAN happen! GOD BLESS and I know your post was a reply to the other post, but it hit me really hard. I have a 2 year old and a 3 month old and I couldn't imagine having to say goodbye. Thank you so much for your words. They REALLY helped!

    kara&carsonsmommy
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  • allison731
    allison731 Member Posts: 21
    :(
    I lost my mom last July of 2009, so it is still very raw to me. I took care of my mom for two years before she went off to heaven and I am currently only 17. I was 14 when my mom was diagnosed and she passed away two weeks before my sevententh birthday. Her cancer came from an unknown source, which gives me zero closure. What hurts the most was getting so close to her only to lose her. Like you, I feel very alone because I am the type of person to not bring anyone down with my own feelings. I am so sorry that we have such an awful thing in common, but it's what gets us through our hard days. Hope you are doing well.
  • membermeg
    membermeg Member Posts: 25
    I understand
    My mother has been gone for 3 and half months and I am lost without my mother. She too was my best friend. I feel like nothing will ever be the same and I know my life will be different. I too have a wonderful support system. My parents were married for 31 years and I have 2 brothers. I was married only months before my mom passed. She was my best friend and I was not able to make that change from telling my mom everything to telling my husband everything. It has been a challenge. I cry every single night until I throw up. It is just so hard. I know she is in Heaven and I will see her again. But I miss her so much. It is hard for me to look foward to the future when I know she will not physically be here, and be able to enjoy her first grandchildren, or her youngest son marry. It just does not seem fair. But life is not fair, and my mother never asked God why her, so I try not to ask God why me? Our mothers are smiling down on us and we will grieve and cry but we must know they would want us to make the best of what is left of our lives. They need us to carry their legacy and their morals. I see more and more of my mother in me as the days go on. It makes me bawl and smile and laugh at the same time. I will never forget my mother and for right now I cry every single night and what tomorrow holds we do not know. I would do anything to have one more hug or kiss from my mother!!!! I want you to know that you can talk to me anytime you want. We can encourgage one another and just know that you are not alone. There are other only daughters, or daughters, who are too hurting tremendously and we can only help one another get through this trial, which has been the hardest trial in my life by FAR!
  • membermeg
    membermeg Member Posts: 25

    So sorry for your loss
    I am a dying mom and I just wanted to give you a mom's perspective. We have a beautiful baby, we thank God for him or her or them and then, we spend every moment of the rest of lives trying to show you all of the love that we feel for you in our hearts. So, we find routines that soothe you, say words that are meant only for you and hope when we have to leave you that some of the love and care that we have given you will get you through the hard parts. I have told my children that they are a part of me and I am a part of them and we will never really be apart; I know that your mom wants you to remember her deep, unending love for you. You're the reason she got up so many mornings, you're the reason she felt so blessed, you're the reason she existed, in her mind and heart. Try to remember her smile, her laugh, that special time you had together; those were the best gifts she could give you! I know, because I have to say goodbye to my kids and all that I have to give of real importance is my love, our memories and I will then watch over them everyday until I can see them again.Don't doubt that she is watching over you right now, as proud of you as she's ever been!! Love like that does not ever end and remember when she told you that she would always love you, she meant it- that is eternal.
    So much love and care to you,
    Hollyberry

    thank you for your words
    thank you for your words thank you for taking time our of your life to help those who have lost mothers/fathers already. I do not know you, but your words remind me of something my mother would say. She has been gone only 3 months and you just blessed me in a way words cannot express. God bless you and I will pray for you and your family. God does not make mistakes and that is what I am trying to remember. For you to take time out to help others in pain is one of the most caring things a person can do for one another. May God bless you and your family.
  • ilovemymum
    ilovemymum Member Posts: 1
    How to cope with losing your mum?
    On the 25th march 2010, my life ended, the most important person in my life lost her battle with breast cancer and was taken with the angels, my mum, ages 37 and im 15, we are best friends, there is no one that could ever compare to my mum, i dont think the reality has hit yet, i actually had a pain in my heart when i saw her take her last breathe, right at that moment i wanted to kill myself, my heart has been ripped out, and will never be replaced. i miss my mum so unbelievably much, words cannot even describe it and i honestly cant think how im going to live my whole life without her, we had so many plans for the future, and my beautiful angel was so excited to see me get married one day, to meet her grand children, to plan my sweet 16 with me next year, to go on holidays together, and do absolutely everything together, i also have a brother aged 16 who was extrememly close to my mum, he hides a lot but i can see in his eyes that he is heart broken. it was only ever us three against the world, weve always done everything together and got on with things no matter how hard it can be. my mum had extremely aggressive breast cancer which ended up spreading near enough everywhere, lungs, back, stomach, bones, blood. The cancer had returned into my mums breast twice and once her breast were removed it then returned for the third time in less than a year but the last time was on her breast bone instead, my mum only had cancer for 10 months and sadly she lost her battle, her funeral is tuesday 13th april, i am dreading it, because i know thats the closing point, i can never ever see my mum again until i die and meet her again which i cant wait for.At the moment i have been feeling a lot of peace and i ask my mum for signs and she sends me them so i know she is okay. Im just worried that all of a sudden it will hit me hard. Mum you will always be my bestest friend, soul mate and the bestest mum ever! i love you soo much words were never able to describe. rest in peace my angel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    + sorry to hear about all of your losses:(
  • grandmafay
    grandmafay Member Posts: 1,633

    How to cope with losing your mum?
    On the 25th march 2010, my life ended, the most important person in my life lost her battle with breast cancer and was taken with the angels, my mum, ages 37 and im 15, we are best friends, there is no one that could ever compare to my mum, i dont think the reality has hit yet, i actually had a pain in my heart when i saw her take her last breathe, right at that moment i wanted to kill myself, my heart has been ripped out, and will never be replaced. i miss my mum so unbelievably much, words cannot even describe it and i honestly cant think how im going to live my whole life without her, we had so many plans for the future, and my beautiful angel was so excited to see me get married one day, to meet her grand children, to plan my sweet 16 with me next year, to go on holidays together, and do absolutely everything together, i also have a brother aged 16 who was extrememly close to my mum, he hides a lot but i can see in his eyes that he is heart broken. it was only ever us three against the world, weve always done everything together and got on with things no matter how hard it can be. my mum had extremely aggressive breast cancer which ended up spreading near enough everywhere, lungs, back, stomach, bones, blood. The cancer had returned into my mums breast twice and once her breast were removed it then returned for the third time in less than a year but the last time was on her breast bone instead, my mum only had cancer for 10 months and sadly she lost her battle, her funeral is tuesday 13th april, i am dreading it, because i know thats the closing point, i can never ever see my mum again until i die and meet her again which i cant wait for.At the moment i have been feeling a lot of peace and i ask my mum for signs and she sends me them so i know she is okay. Im just worried that all of a sudden it will hit me hard. Mum you will always be my bestest friend, soul mate and the bestest mum ever! i love you soo much words were never able to describe. rest in peace my angel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    + sorry to hear about all of your losses:(

    Sympathy
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. It is hard to lose a parent at any age. I can only imagine the heartache you feel at your age. Please, remember that wherever you are your mother will be there, too. You are her legacy, and I am sure that she is very proud of you. It is important to grieve and grief is very hard to work through. You will especially feel it on special days. One friend of mi e said wouldn't it be sad I'd we lost someone we loved and didn't hurt. Hurting is unfortunately a part of losing someone we love. Now you need to move forward. It won't be easy, but that is what our mother would want. It won't be easy, but your mother raised a strong young women. Hold tight to your brother, and keep your mom alive in your heart. Fay
  • ninpucca
    ninpucca Member Posts: 1

    How to cope with losing your mum?
    On the 25th march 2010, my life ended, the most important person in my life lost her battle with breast cancer and was taken with the angels, my mum, ages 37 and im 15, we are best friends, there is no one that could ever compare to my mum, i dont think the reality has hit yet, i actually had a pain in my heart when i saw her take her last breathe, right at that moment i wanted to kill myself, my heart has been ripped out, and will never be replaced. i miss my mum so unbelievably much, words cannot even describe it and i honestly cant think how im going to live my whole life without her, we had so many plans for the future, and my beautiful angel was so excited to see me get married one day, to meet her grand children, to plan my sweet 16 with me next year, to go on holidays together, and do absolutely everything together, i also have a brother aged 16 who was extrememly close to my mum, he hides a lot but i can see in his eyes that he is heart broken. it was only ever us three against the world, weve always done everything together and got on with things no matter how hard it can be. my mum had extremely aggressive breast cancer which ended up spreading near enough everywhere, lungs, back, stomach, bones, blood. The cancer had returned into my mums breast twice and once her breast were removed it then returned for the third time in less than a year but the last time was on her breast bone instead, my mum only had cancer for 10 months and sadly she lost her battle, her funeral is tuesday 13th april, i am dreading it, because i know thats the closing point, i can never ever see my mum again until i die and meet her again which i cant wait for.At the moment i have been feeling a lot of peace and i ask my mum for signs and she sends me them so i know she is okay. Im just worried that all of a sudden it will hit me hard. Mum you will always be my bestest friend, soul mate and the bestest mum ever! i love you soo much words were never able to describe. rest in peace my angel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    + sorry to hear about all of your losses:(

    Hello, well, I feel so sad
    Hello, well, I feel so sad to know that this thread has had so many replies with so many moms out there dying of cancer... My mom died a month ago, she had breast cancer, the doctors removed the whole breast and said that she was fine, 2 years later they found cancer on her left lung, a metastasis of the breast cancer, a month later she got bone cancer and a month later.. she died. I was fortunate enough to be the one who took care of her, I have 3 other sisters, but I was the one who was still living with her, I am so thankful that I was able to take care of her the last days of her life and that I was able to be there for her, she was so thankful with me and I would always respond with "after everything you've done for me, this is the least I can give you". I like to think that she can still hear me and I talk to her all the time, but I am not sure if she is really here. This has been shocking and, as sick as this may sound, it is kind if a comfort to know that this happens to other people and not just me, I really hope that God can give you all peace, as well as me and my broken heart, this hurts so much that will make us all stronger. God bless.
  • mandifred
    mandifred Member Posts: 4
    Coping
    My mom passed away about 2 months ago. She had lung cancer. She was diagnosed on 12/29/2009 and died on 7/16/2010. She was 65 years old. My best friend.. one of the strongest, most caring & genuine women I have ever had the honor of knowing. She was married to my father for 42 years. My brother is 41, my sister, 40, and I am 26. What started out with shortness of breath turned into several masses in her right lung. She completed 6 chemo treatments.. lost her hair, her appetite.. We had hope in March, her masses were shrinking.. but in June we were told the cancer had built up a resistance to the chemo, and the masses remained. She went through 2 radio-isotope injections. On Friday, July 9th, she was taken to the ER with severe stomach pain. She had a ruptured bowel.. and the cancer had spread throughout. I live about 4 hours across the state from my family, and my dad called me to tell me to come home immediately as we were being prepared to make my mom as comfortable as possible. I sat in the hospital all week. I watched her go from awake & alert & talking & laughing to asleep & gurgling. Hospice can tell you what to prepare for.. but you're never prepared. The one night I left the hospital to sleep at my sister-in-laws, Friday, July 16th, she passed away. Not even 30 minutes after I had left. I miss her everyday. I cry everyday. I feel like a zombie walking around at work and at home. All of the things I do feel meaningless. I have such a hollowness inside of me. I'm getting married in a year.. and I have to do it without her. I feel so much resentment because my brother & sister got so much more of her than I did. She was just the nicest person. So good to everyone, especially the needy. She genuinely cared for so many people. I have good days & bad days. I, like alot of other people on here, shelter my feelings from my family so I don't make them more upset. My sister & I really kind of lean on each other. When one of us is having a bad day, we go to each other because we don't want to upset Dad. Reading discussion boards like this gives me a little comfort because I know I am not alone in what I have been through and what I am feeling. I really want to believe that with time this will get easier and I will be able to remember her before the cancer, before the hospital gowns, before all the medication... I want to remember her for who she was, not what she died of.
    Caring Bridge is a great way to honor a lost loved one - www.caringbridge.org - I had a website up for my Mom so I could keep everyone updated on her health easily. Since she passed, I have made it into a tribute page for people to view & look at pictures of her, leave stories & memories about her in her guestbook, etc. I cry when I look at it.. but it does remind me just how beautiful she truly was. Inside & out. No cancer can every destroy that.
  • 3Mana
    3Mana Member Posts: 811
    Losing a parent is very hard.
    I can relate to how you feel. I lost my mom right before Christmas in 1989. She had pancreatic cancer and died within 2 months. Right after Christmas in 1990, my dad passed away. He had lung & bladder cancer. I've hated Christmas ever since and have to force myself to make it through the holiday season every year. Me & my mom were very close. I talked to her every day and wish I could just talk to her now. My husband of 46 years passed away this past March. He had lung cancer and had a very "RARE" side effect from one of the chemos called Avastin. he was only diagnosed in January, so it was very traumatic for me. I'm just being able to talk about it. And have finally started doing things other than staying in the house.
    Remember all the happy times with your mom and it will get easier. There is a saying, that "parents are the wheels" and the kids are the spokes. It's hard to go on without the "wheels". Hang in there! Hope I helped you a little. "Carole"
  • RamonasSon
    RamonasSon Member Posts: 1
    Finding a thought just one
    I lost my mother on 01-01-11, like Swalsh she was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer after the gall bladder was removed. Diagnosed in July 2010, up and down, no cancer then cancer, lympnodes, metasticised, 2 hospitals, chemo, port. A month from thier 35th anniverssary. I watched her the same as you, I went home three times in that period from Chicago to Texas, spending weeks at a time. She was the beacon of all of her five boys lives and the nighmare lingured. The worst part was the end, I made it by her side to talk with her one last time. Death I have seen plenty of, nothing prepares you for losing someone so treasured and close. I can feel eveyones pain in the softest parts of my hardened heart. Today was the first time I dreamed of her, while having a nap, I dreamed of her beautiful face as if she was here. I was talking to her, knowing she died, and she was picking fun at me, everyone in my dream (dad, brothers, wife) were asking me what's wrong and I screamed I don't want her to die and she laughed saying she wasn't.....I get up eyes full of tears, walk to the computer and google my mom died, up comes your post, I am greatful for yours and the others but especially the one written from hollyberry, the mother who was dying of cancer who gave us all the gift of a Mothers perspective, sounded like something my mom would say, what a selfless blessing...
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    neverquit Member Posts: 220

    Finding a thought just one
    I lost my mother on 01-01-11, like Swalsh she was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer after the gall bladder was removed. Diagnosed in July 2010, up and down, no cancer then cancer, lympnodes, metasticised, 2 hospitals, chemo, port. A month from thier 35th anniverssary. I watched her the same as you, I went home three times in that period from Chicago to Texas, spending weeks at a time. She was the beacon of all of her five boys lives and the nighmare lingured. The worst part was the end, I made it by her side to talk with her one last time. Death I have seen plenty of, nothing prepares you for losing someone so treasured and close. I can feel eveyones pain in the softest parts of my hardened heart. Today was the first time I dreamed of her, while having a nap, I dreamed of her beautiful face as if she was here. I was talking to her, knowing she died, and she was picking fun at me, everyone in my dream (dad, brothers, wife) were asking me what's wrong and I screamed I don't want her to die and she laughed saying she wasn't.....I get up eyes full of tears, walk to the computer and google my mom died, up comes your post, I am greatful for yours and the others but especially the one written from hollyberry, the mother who was dying of cancer who gave us all the gift of a Mothers perspective, sounded like something my mom would say, what a selfless blessing...

    RamonasSon, I am very sorry
    RamonasSon, I am very sorry for the loss of your Mom. You always hope that your parents will somehow live forever. And thanks for mentioning about hollyberry's message. If not for your posting, I would have never seen it. Take care and I hope you are well and are healing.