A year ago yesterday mom had her colon cancer surgery. What we thought would be a simple surgery to remove the cancer turned out to be a much more complicated situation. They were not able to remove the mass in her colon and found that the cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes and liver. Later a PET scan revealed that the cancer had also spread to her lungs and hipbone as well.
Mom has been a real trooper enduring nine chemotherapy treatments over 7 months. While we got good news in the spring that the chemo seemed to be reducing the cancer, the chemo was taking a huge toll on mom, both physically and mentally. Her mobility has been severely limited and her ability to focus, concentrate or complete simple tasks has also been impaired. She hasn’t been strong enough for another chemo treatment since mid-June.
A CT scan in August revealed that her cancer has actually progressed particularly in her lungs since her last her scan taken in May. Without more chemo treatments mom’s cancer will continue to progress. Mom is comfortably resting at home. She does experience pain in her back from time to time and her appetite has declined dramatically in the last week. She has good days when she is sitting up and eating or walking with her walker. Then there are other days when she does not get out of bed. We are thankful for hospice services from St. Francis and their help navigating mom’s current health issues. We are also so thankful for all of the love and support from everyone near and far.
Our hope is that mom will regain strength, be able to resume her chemo treatments, and get out of hospice care. However, we really don’t know if this will happen. We do know that mom is in God’s hands and we are trusting in him and relying on him for guidance.
Please continue to pray for healing, comfort and peace as mom’s continues this journey.
“For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremaiah 29:11
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3: 5 – 6.