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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Miss 2008

Mom's oncologist just named her "Miss 2008"

If you wonder why? It's because she was diagnosed with gastric cancer in 2008 and no one expected her to survive 2008!

I don't think we'll ever get tired of doctors telling us this because it feels good to fight and win. To keep up the fight is a whole nother story.

During her recent visit with the oncologist it has been recommended and suggested that mom start followup chemotherapy since the removal of her gastric cancer on the ovaries.

The most likely reason why it appeared on the ovaries after the last chemo treatments has much to do with the cancer cells becoming dormit. If any cancer cells are still hiding yet dormit during treatments, we can't destroy them. If mom chooses not do chemo yet she risks any dormit cells growing and spreading very quickly. Pick your poision! Plus she's afraid of losing anymore body parts that she'll be needing. So in her heart she knows this has to be done. We're going to wait until after Chris & Jen's wedding.

The good news is the CT Scan and path reports all look fantastic and there is no cancer that can be found right now. Her oncologist suggested that she get a 2nd opinion before making her decision which always seems to help. I suggest that someone uses those recently removed cancer cells and starts testing them on different types of chemo! No one will ever care about mom as much as we do but it doesn't mean they don't want to help. They just get to clock out at the end of the day and mom doesn't get to clock out from her cancer.

Well thank you for tuning in to our most recent blog update. We love you and appreciate you and need you!

Love Always,
Jess & Co.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Welcome Home (Take 2)

Mom is home from the hospital today! She's relaxing and going to take it easy (right Mom!) and drink LOTS of fluids (Sippy Sip!) and eat good-for-you food! Good job Mom - I'm very proud of you already!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Road to Life

Dr. Icaza (Surgeon from Gastrectomy), Dr. Shaffer (Surgeon from Hysterectomy) and Dr. Willadsen (Oncologist) all 3 came in to monitor, evaluate and visit with Mom today. They told her that today is just a mild bump in the road to recovery. Mom's oncologist appointment was supposed to be today so we'll have to reschedule once she's feeling better. I don't know about Mom, but I'm not ready to talk about chemo again. I want alternatives and I want something good for her - to help lessen the chemo blows. Sure chemo is great if it gets rid of the cancer but the process in not. She's doing a great job but still needs to go easy and make sure she's taking in the right amount of fluids and eating good clean food. If wishes could come true I would have a degree in nutrition (only so that people will finally listen to me) and I would keep Mom's house stocked with healthy organic foods. I told Mom to embrace her inner hippie and think Green, think Organic, but right now she's just thinking about Surviving. So here's to the Road to Life... Here we come!

ER visit

Mom went to ER last night (Thursday 2nd) due to severe abdominal pain/gas. She has a blockage but the doctors feel very certain that it's not an adhesion blockage. They took a 2nd x-ray which shows things are slowing starting to move on their own. I'll update this post tonight when I have more information but for now they are keeping her at the hospital.

Update: She's hanging in there, not in any pain, doctors day the blockage is partial, she's on a liquid diet, walking and sitting up in the chair.