My mom has been officially re-diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Itâ€™s Stage II this time; startling, because this time last year she was lump-free.
I wrote about my momâ€™s first diagnosis back in 2004, it was a different journey then.
After a lumpectomy and all else, we live to fight another day. Sad, but not really surprising, I always wondered if she was really ever cancer-free.Â
The best thing about a cancer diagnosis is the â€œgood newsâ€ portion of the process. The good news is, the cancer hasnâ€™t spread to other parts of her body. Plus an improved vocabulary in cancer terminology (I get to use Her2 Protein in conversations now).
The bad news is, itâ€™s a journey redux, which is a wild notion considering how much weâ€™ve been through already. Then there were the tests; countless blood tests, a bone scan, liver scan, heart scan, x-rays and pokes and prods.
Last week was Chemo school to learn of its gory wonders; we try out the real thing tomorrow.
Back at the Evil Oil Co., we constantly did these emergency drills, the idea; I guess was to be prepared when an actual emergency occurred. No one took the drills seriously and I doubt Iâ€™ll remember them in case of a real emergency.
This came to mind when we started doing our own little drills, because thereâ€™s nothing worse than just sitting there being helpless. Weâ€™ve shopped, cleaned, sanitized and mapped out healing strategies. Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™m going to have to take these drills seriously â€“ there is so much information and so little time to act on them and get it right.
My mom has a huge amount of unwavering faith â€“ enough for all of us. Iâ€™ve never been much of an optimist; I hear itâ€™s needed most in these circumstances.
Although I’d rather be reading something else, I’ve found these books very helpful.
Oh hey, i've not read your blog in ages. Sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she's able to beat the BC this time around too. I now understand why you couldnt make the shower. No worries whatsoever! You just focus on getting her better…but dont forget to take time out for yourself too. Regards to Pearlsa and tell your mom I said to stay strong!9 October, 2008 at 3:35 am
Thanks Bubu for your kind words. We're planning a big weekend getaway for next month – hopefully we'll get to see you then. Hope the shower was fun!9 October, 2008 at 2:02 pm
Thanks Bubu for your kind words. We're planning a big weekend getaway for next month – hopefully we'll get to see you then. Hope the shower was fun!9 October, 2008 at 6:02 pm