Been really hard for the last couple of years to watch my Mom slowly lose her fight with Cancer. 🙁 She, being the private person she is, told all of us we were not allowed to talk about it. So we have been dealing with this quietly between all of us. Just the immediate family.
It all started in March 2016 when we went out for dinner with Aunt Susie and Mom. Aunt Susie told us that my Mom had mentioned having some problems since January. We asked Mom about it, and she said she was getting ready to call the doctor to make an appointment. The problem had been going on for 2 months by then. She finally got to the doctors at the end of April, and they discovered cancer. They scheduled for June to do Surgery, a full 6 months after she started having problems. 🙁 Never let anything that could be cancer wait this long. 🙁
By the time they did the surgery to try and remove it, they were to late, it had already spread. Then due to complications from surgery chemo was postponed as well for like 3 months. 🙁 It finally started in like October. She finally had the chemo rounds and then the radiation which took about 5 months and they finally did another scan. At that point they discovered it had spread. 🙁 She had already had the limit of radiation, and they decided they would try another type of Chemo as a last resort to try and buy her time. They told her the best hope was just to try to control how fast it spread. 🙁 Around the end of the year, they told her there was nothing else they could do.
We stopped over around my birthday to see her, and she had started to lose weight already from getting the flu and fighting that also. Well, in visiting her, I managed to get the flu.. So it was 2 weeks before we got over again. I then got a call from my brother telling me I needed to start stopping over regularly, because she was going down hill quick. I was unsure how much could change in just 2 weeks, but we of course went over the next day to see how things were going. Just 2 days shy of 2 weeks since I had seen her, and it brought tears to my eyes seeing my Mom in that condition. 🙁 It is horrible to see someone you care about take a down hill dive like this. We are basically left waiting for her to die. She does not have any hope left, and she has given up.
As much as I do not want to think about this, or really have to look at this regularly, I do feel that the warning should go out for people. If you think there is even a chance that you have something wrong with you, do not put off getting checked. In 2 years, my mother went from being reasonably healthy for her age, a few aches and pains, but nothing serious, to laying in a bed, barely moving, and it hurting horribly to move, just waiting to die. For the sake of those you love, and those who love you, please do not put off getting checked.
She passed peacefully in her sleep with Aunt Susie by her side on 2/17/2018. 🙁