"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.



Monday, October 26, 2009

Biopsy Results: Remission

We got the biopsy results from Mom's laparoscopic surgery on Friday.
Mom is CANCER IS IN REMISSION!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Facebook Update

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Thank you for supporting our family and the cause during this difficult time.

Sisters

We're so glad to have our Aunt to be there by Mom's side. Thank you Aunt Barby, we love you!

(Mom would also want me to mention all of her wonderful friends and other family members too! We love you all so much!)

Comfort


I know I speak for all of my siblings when I describe one of Mom's best motherly qualities as "comforting." I'm talking about the kind of comfort you feel when the whole world seems like it's going to collapse on top of you, but once you're in Mom's arms or just hear her voice it changes everything! When I was growing up and heard stories in sunday school about Jesus and how he loved the children - the only way I could imagine him, or make him real to me was thinking about my own Mom; loving, kind, compassionate, forgiving, understanding and comforting. Now I'm all grown up and I have my husband to hold and comfort me when I'm upset, but it doesn't change how important and comforting a Mom truly is and will always be! Now we have to show Mom the came comfort and love that she always gave us and it's not hard to do! Looking at my siblings I see qualities of Mom in all of them!
Loving you and missing you much,
Jess

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MIA

We're missing photos in previous blog postings.... hopefully Blogger will fix this soon!
Jess is on the case....

Laparoscopic Surgery Update

Mom's laparoscopic surgery went well today, I've included a little bit of the email we got from Aunt Barbar! (Thank you for being there with her!)

Hi Everybody!
Kerry went in to surgery at about 9:30 and was out in a little under 2 hours. I just talked to the doctor and he said she did great. He showed me the pictures they took and said that all in all, things looked pretty good. There were a few plaque areas that he took biopsies from, just to confirm what they are. He could see where the cancer had been and said it looked to have been well controlled. Unfortunately, they will not have the biopsy results while we are here - they take a little time. Hopefully by three days we will know - better than a week to 10 days! :)
Keep the good thoughts and prayers coming, I know she will be anxious until she gets the results.
Barb

What is laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery also referred to as minimally invasive surgery describes the performance of surgical procedures with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments. During the surgical procedure, small incisions of up to half an inch are made and plastic tubes called ports are placed through these incisions. The camera and the instruments are then introduced through the ports which allow access to the inside of the patient.

The camera transmits an image of the organs inside the abdomen onto a television monitor. The surgeon is not able to see directly into the patient without the traditional large incision. The video camera becomes a surgeon’s eyes in laparoscopy surgery, since the surgeon uses the image from the video camera positioned inside the patient’s body to perform the procedure.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mom's Network

Mom's Network!

This is how Mom feels, her amazing support system, thanks to all of you!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Update!



Finally here it is… the update on my visit to the Cancer Treatment Center of America. It has been a week now since returning home, and still everything is spinning in my head.

The center is amazing; I was surrounded by a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists, consisting of primary doctor, nurse navigator, oncologist, oncology surgeon, naturopathic doctor, nutritionist, and mind & body team. The days were packed with exams, tests and classes. In between all of that were wonderful meals, all organic, with a wide choice of new and unusual entrées, served in a beautiful dining room, that in no way could be called a cafeteria. They even gave us recipes for our favorite dishes. One of the most impressive aspects of the center is the genuine since of care and concern for the patients. The positive attitude reflects in all the staff from the drivers to the doctors, and it all rubs off on the patients as well. Everyone smiles, it is such a compassionate and empowering environment. (Barb called it the Disneyland of cancer treatment centers!)We met several patients from all over the US, each with a heartwarming story of their life with cancer.

All the test results were good (thank you Lord!); the doctors said I responded well to my treatments. The oncologist commented that I went through a very aggressive treatment and handled it well. All my counts were good. The only unanswered question was concerning the diaphragm and lymph node, these areas tested positive for cancer in December from the biopsies even though nothing showed up on scans, and nothing is showing up now. So in order to know if the treatments took care of these areas they will have to do exploratory laparoscopic surgery to look again. This is scheduled for a couple of weeks.

I have started on a nutrition plan including several supplements; some are fish oil, vitamin D3 and magnesium citrate, to build my immune system back up. So if I do have a few of the nasty cancer cells trying to grow I will be able to fight them off. I also plan to start Yoga classes to help with relaxation and meditation to relieve stress.

I feel at peace knowing I have been in such great care over these past nine months. My deep gratitude to my oncologist, Diana Willadsen, whom from the very first time I met her had a strong positive attitude to fight this, when everyone else just shook their heads in despair. Also, the awesome support of family and friends, your thoughts and prayers have held me up during this most difficult time in my life. My dear friend Debbie who sat with me day and night in the hospital when I was first diagnosed and always there when I needed anything from slushy drinks to stopping by at 7am to give me a Lovenox injection. All of the special cards, calls, visits, and food from so many genuine friends and relatives, I would list you all but would be afraid of leaving someone out. The successful benefit that involved such a deep commitment from so many special friends, which has enabled me to afford all the extra expenses beyond insurance. My boss, Paul and co-workers who have been so gracious during my times off. My sister, Barb who has been by my side, during chemo treatments and trip to Zion. My children, who have been amazing, they are such strong, motivated, and compassionate adults, of which I am so very proud! And, the strength I have been given from my own personal relationship with God, I know he hears my prayers and every day I see his miracles working in my life!

I do really love you all!
Kerry