Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturdays with Janice

I spent the day with my mom and I guess her back is feeling a little better. She had her first radiation treatment yesterday. She has eight more to go. They are trying to shrink the tumors on her back so she can have some relief from the pain and discomfort.

You know, I used to think that someone with stage four cancer was bed-ridden, barely conscious and horribly gaunt. My mother has a healthy appetite, drinks a martini a day and gets around just fine. We had breakfast, went shopping and had lunch. I am trying to have a standing date with her on Saturdays. Stage four is basically when a cancer spreads to a different location from the primary site. It's like an escaped convict. A rogue. A loner. A rebel. It is possible to beat a stage four cancer if it's a treatable type. We now know that it isn't multiple myloma. It might be colon cancer, in which case they could operate to remove it, then give her a radiation and chemo combination to get rid of the cancer in the secondary locations. I don't want to get my hopes up about it, but I've decided that it's okay to be optimistic. I am not going to treat my mother like a dead person. I wouldn't want to be treated that way. Instead, we are already talking about how she can parlay this into a new career, if she survives it. She can become a patient advocate, specializing in persons with cancer. She is a very determined person.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Kara C. said...

Hi Kim. I just now read about your mom and am shocked and saddened for you both. Last time I saw you was after the urologist said it was not cancer. You'll both be in my thoughts and I'll be pulling for your mom. It does sound like there is a solid plan of action and her age and health are on her side. You're doing all the right things!

March 18, 2008 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger 02145 said...

Thank, Kara. We are taking it a day at a time. I guess the key is not to think negative. I really appreciate your encouraging thoughts!

March 18, 2008 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger DJDiva said...

I hope you and your mom never give up hope and keep fighting this!

March 19, 2008 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger 02145 said...

Thank you, djd :)

March 20, 2008 at 4:05 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

My prayers and good thoughts go out to you and your Mom. I never read blogs, but somehow found myself on yours through a Red Sox link and I found your words very compelling. I read almost all of your blogs back to the world series victory. I hope things work out for you. I really do.

March 25, 2008 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger 02145 said...

Than you, Daniel. That is very nice of you. We are taking it one day at a time.

March 26, 2008 at 3:55 AM  

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