Almost a year.....

Thursday, March 08, 2012

March 19th will be a year, since my mother has been diagnosed with Lung cancer stage IV. Wow, what a year it has been. I am so thankful that my mother continues to be positive, wants to TRY and beat this horrible disease. However, its been really hard, being her only daughter,and watching her go through this. The cancer is in her lung, outside two lympnodes, two spots in her brain, and skin cancer. She has gone through 6 does of chemo, 20 days of pin point radiation to the brain, 4 high dose pin point radiation to the lung and now first round of 12 chemo again for the lung. She came this week for all the scans and the scans showed that the cancer is still there and possibly a little bigger. Also they discovered a place in front of her liver and possibly in her stomach. Tomorrow she will have surgery for biopsies in the stomach. Please keep her in your prayers and pray that God will give me the support I need to see her through. My dad is sick with a bad cold so he did not come, so I am taking care of her and going to all the appointments. I am so glad I have Spark land to escape. Thanks for all the love and support.
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    Caz sent me your way. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I think there is a support group for caregivers. I don't know what it is called in the US, but maybe if you contacted the, I'm guessing, American Cancer Society. You might be able to speak to other caregivers who are going through the same thing.

    3344 days ago
    Caz sent me your way. You and both your Mum and Dad are in my thoughts and prayers. I do hope you are getting enough support from your family and friends at home. God Bless you all. My Mum went through 15 years of cancer. It is hard to cope with. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3344 days ago
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, your Mum and your Dad.
    Have you any other support apart from Dad and SP?

    Those treatments are pretty invasive - I hope you all manage to cope, and that something along the way may help.

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  • AMR6665
    Keeping you and your Mom in my prayers
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    emoticon and emoticon to you and your family. Lung cancer took my Mom almost 40 years ago. So many great strides have been made since then. You are an emoticon daughter to be there for her. emoticon
    3345 days ago
  • CHRYS13
    You and your mom are in my heart, thoughts, and always in my prayers!
    3345 days ago
    Oh I do feel for what you must being going through emoticon emoticon
    3345 days ago
    I truely know how terrified and worried you ate as I too am an only child whose mother has been fighting bladder cancer for the past 20 months. We were relieved to find it had"gone" in November but then by Feb it was back with avengence and now she is looking at bladder removal. I send loving vibes for her strength and fight to continue and a big hug to you too. I'll keep you both in my prayers emoticon
    3346 days ago
    You and your mom will be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
    3346 days ago
    Wanda, I admire how you are staying so strong and
    taking such good care of your Mom. She is going
    though so much right now, and she is a fighter!
    My prayers go out to you, your Mom & Dad.
    Stay strong and take care of yourself. emoticon
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    Sending emoticon and emoticon
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    Hi Wanda;

    I have a daughter with that name and she is sweet the same as you. My prays are with your whole family every minute God knows we care. My life has been filled with cancer in my family and I have had chemo so I know what she is going through. May she get stronger each hour and beat this with God's help.May you be strong so you can take care of her.

    Your friend,

    3346 days ago
    You and your Mom and Dad have all been added to my prayer list. I wish you strength and the very best results possible. Stay strong.
    3346 days ago
    My thoughts & prayers are with you & your mom.
    3346 days ago
    WOW, I am so thankful for all the positive comments. My faith is stronger because of all of you! hugs, Wanda
    3346 days ago
  • DEE107
    My goodness, I am going thru something similar with my mom and have 3 sisters who cant take care of her.. My mother is a strong person, has panacratic cancer and brain tumor and took a stroke and CHF and Massive heart attack too .. why AM I saying this prayer and will add your mother to my pray list .. My mother tumor just started to shrink and will pray and add my friends at church to pray for your mother tooo .. Praying for and your dad also ..Hang in my friend and praying will add you and your mother to the prayer basket at church ... STAY POSITIVE
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    My best wishes to your mum as swell as you and your dad. Cancer can be hard on the family. emoticon
    3346 days ago
    I am sending love and light to support you and your mother as you work together with the life challenge. emoticon
    3346 days ago
    emoticon and prayers.
    3346 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11277232
    You and your family are in my prayers.
    3346 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    go to YouTube(dot)com and to Roby Mitchell, M.D./PhD's channel which is DrFitt and listen to what he has to say. I found him because my son had Testicular Cancer. Dr. Mitchell had Advanced Prostrate Cancer and cured himself with diet and exercise. He is 54. He has a LOT to say about hormones such as thyroid, etc. He is VERY interesting and has a web site. I'm not saying for your mother to not continue with the treatment she is getting, but just to educate yourself on what Dr. Mitchell has to say on keeping your body strong while dealing with chemo. My son had 4 rounds of it, and I know how poison it is, but he is going next week for a check up as he just had his chest xray and blood work after 3 years. They will follow him for 10. Stress lowers the immune system, so its vital to avoid it as much as possible, doing things like YOGA.
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    Comment edited on: 3/10/2012 7:28:01 AM
    emoticon Keeping your Mom and your family in my thoughts.
    Hang in there.
    3346 days ago
    Will keep the family in our prayers
    3346 days ago
    Hang in there.

    My mom had cancer, and it wasn't easy.
    3346 days ago
  • ATGOAL135
    My prayers are with you and your Mom.

    My mother had lung cancer which spread to bones, brain and finally it seemed everywhere. That was in the 1980's when some of the treatments your Mom is having were not even dreamed of.......Mom did have many hours of IV chemo treatments and some radiation and I was with her for those at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

    As tough as it is to watch everything your Mom is going through, you will always be comforted to know you were strong enough to be with her and help her with her fight. Your Mom is fortunate to have a loving family and wonderful daughter like you. May God cradle you all in His loving embrace.
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    Comment edited on: 3/9/2012 9:49:49 AM
  • no profile photo CD5198989
    I prayed for God to keep you in his arms.
    3346 days ago
    HUgs and if you want to spark message me, feel free. My mum had lung cancer which metasized to her brain so I totally understand the sadness, scare, the fight - all of it. My prayers go out to you all and do remember to take care of you too.
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  • no profile photo CD4550505
    Sending prayers, positive vibes and great big hugs!!! emoticon
    3346 days ago
    Prayers for your mom, you and your family. I know this is a difficult time. emoticon
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  • -POOKIE-
    3346 days ago
    emoticon Sending positive thoughts and prayers for YOU and your Mum emoticon Hope things start to improve soon!
    P xxx
    3346 days ago
    emoticon What you are going through brings back memories Hang in there & keep the faith!
    3346 days ago
  • PATTI24
    My prayers are with you and mom. emoticon
    3346 days ago
    Sending luv, hugs and prayers your way! Thinking of you all and I will be praying that all goes well.
    3346 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    I'll be thinking of you and your Mum, and sending as many positive vibes as I can! Be strong! emoticon
    3346 days ago
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    emoticon Hugs and prayers!
    3346 days ago
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    New-Caz sent me your way. So sorry to hear you're going through this, dear Sparker. Sending healing prayers, positive vibes and hugs your way. Know that we are thinking of you.
    3346 days ago
    Praying for you and your family. (((HUGS)))
    3346 days ago
    My prayers go up to you, your mom and your whole family. It is a tough time and you are doing so much to support her. The rewards are so fulfilling for you as the daughter. My mom lived with us for 6 months and I was so happy to be able to help her. She is in a nursing facility now and close enough that I can visit each day. Our MOMS are the only moms we will ever have and we cherish each and every day with them. Hugs to you and sending support from here Spark People. emoticon
    3347 days ago
    Keep the faith!
    3347 days ago
    I am sorry to hear that your mother's illness is so serious. She obviously has a strong faith of mind/spirit to be helping her through in the way that it is. The same applies to you.

    It is never easy when we see people we love so seriously ill but it is much easier for all to cope when we are able to stay a strong unit and support each other. My thoughts are with you and your Mum.

    Kris xx
    3347 days ago
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    New Caz Sent me here ... and I am sending love and healing vibes for your darling mother and for you to stay strong..
    You and your family will be in my prayers and thoughts !!

    Hugs Susie
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    3347 days ago
    I'm so sad to hear all this - such a terrible time for all of you. Your mother certainly sounds amazingly strong in spirit and you are a wonderful daughter to her. I know, from my own sad life experiences that to be the only daughter of a seriously sick parent is a great responsibility and very tough but also very rewarding. She must be so grateful for all your care and love.

    Will be thinking of you all emoticon emoticon
    3347 days ago
    Your dear mum has an amazing spirit Wanda and she's one heck of a fighter and you are one amazing daughter, it's been a tough time but you've been there 100% and the love you have for her is obvious.
    Of course she and you will be in my prayers.
    3347 days ago
    I am positive that it is your mother's strong spirit and will to live that is keeping her condition at bay! She sounds like a fighter and she is very lucky to have you as her support! What an amazing daughter you are!!!

    She is in my prayers! emoticon
    3347 days ago
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