My Story

Before describing all the details of what has happened with Mom, I would like to reassure you she is in good spirits and good hands.  She is fiesty as always, being very sweet, calling the shots and doing things her way, and appreciates all the love and support around her.

In March, Mom had seen several doctors in South Bend because she had been having trouble swallowing, breathing, and pain in her neck and shoulders.  On April 16, Mom was admitted to Adventist Medical Center in Portland, OR after her symptoms worsened and a CT scan showed a tumor in her left chest.  Further testing showed the tumor has cut-off the airway to the upper lobe of her lung and this lobe has collapsed.  The tumor has surrounded many lymph nodes and is also pressing on her esophagus.  On April 18, the doctor's attempted to biopsy the tumor to determine the type of cancer.  Unfortunately, this biopsy was unsuccessful.  She has begun daily radiation to shrink the tumor and ease her symptoms.  On April 20, they removed two lymph nodes to send to pathology-we expect to know the type in a week or so. 
Our goal is to get her comfortable and out of the hospital as quickly as possible.  This may even happen today.  She will stay with Darcy or Holly and Stacie is on her way.  

Next week, we will meet with an Oncologist to learn about the type of cancer, treatment options, side effects, support services available, prognosis, etc.  

Please check back here for updates and feel free to leave a message here for Mom.  We all appreciate your well wishes, prayers and messages of love and encouragement.

The Hood Family.


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Please help us spread the word about the Memorial/Celebration this Sunday to Celebrate the Life of Sam HoodWhen:  3pm Sunday Aug. 28th 2011Where:  Bridal Veil Lakes ... Read more

Lin Anderson signed Sandee "Sam"'s Guestbook.

I was among the many who were able to attend the memorial party for Sandee "Sam". I know she was there and was pleased with the "whole sheebang". She ... Read more

Jon Cooley signed Sandee "Sam"'s Guestbook.

She spoke to me this very day... And this is what she had to say: Of all the things I ever knew~ The easiest was loving YOU! Remember I am always here, Smiling, watching- ... Read more

Stan DeWitt signed Sandee "Sam"'s Guestbook.

I never met Sam, but I have met her three daughters, and am very close with one of them, Holly.  If Sam was half of the wonderful human being that Holly is, then she was ... Read more

jamilou tisdale signed Sandee "Sam"'s Guestbook.

Shawn, HolliAnn, Stacie, Darcie and all who were fortunate to know Sandee/Sam Hood. Sam came into my life when I was about 15 - that's more than 35 yrs ago. It was a time ... Read more

Lin Anderson signed Sandee "Sam"'s Guestbook.

I was the "little sister", the "tag-a-long", and probably a royal pain when we were growing up. But to me, Sandee was everything I always wanted to be. ... Read more

Curt Harris signed Sandee "Sam"'s Guestbook.

Sam was a co-worker, neighbor and friend. When I gave her a bracelet reflecting my own attitude toward cancer, she howled with delight. Hers was an amazing and infectious ... Read more

Jeanne Paul signed Sandee "Sam"'s Guestbook.

One time Sam told me she loved the color blue. She gave me a jacket that was blue with little white leaves when I was cold in the office one day, said, "keep ... Read more

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At a time like this, it's always difficult to find the right words to comfort the pain and terrible loss one feels when they say good by to a loved one so very dear to ... Read more

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