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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Radiation vibe

Mom loves the sunshine... but it's that time for some other type of radiation.
Compared to the chemo she seems to handle it pretty well.  The most painful and uncomfortable part is the location of the cancer on her tailbone area sitting right at the nerve endings of her spine.  This has also caused some numb tingling feelings in her legs and feet.  We aren't comfortable with her driving and it's best for her to keep active; but not as much as she's usually does.  The last radiation treatment is scheduled for Wednesday next week.  Of course it takes time but we expect to see symptoms subside as the radiation begins to work on the cells.  Remember Mom's cancer is diffused so it likes to pop up and surprise us in tiny areas throughout her body.  The best time to treat it with chemo is when the cells are active so we assume the doctors will be discussing the next steps very soon.  We'll keep you posted on her progress.  She needs support and encouragement - it's been a very difficult time to endure this recent news.  I keep assuring her that it's not her fault,  that she's not a burden and how each day is a precious gift.  Mom wants to be happy and positive, but somedays I know she simply can't do it.  It's impossible to "be in her shoes" and I know she's trying to protect us from her own pain.  She's trying to stay positive and pumped up for the next battle ahead.  We need all the prayers, loving hugs, and support available!

Thank you for all that you do!
Love & Hugs