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.
Please help us spread the word about the Memorial/Celebration this Sunday to Celebrate the Life of Sam Hood
When: 3pm Sunday Aug. 28th 2011 Where: Bridal Veil Lakes Corbett, OR
Detailed driving directions found here: http://www.bridalveillakes.com/directions.cfm From Portland: -Take I-84 East, Exit 28, Right. -Go left onto Scenic Byway, until you get to Bridal Veil Lakes Private Park. -Take a Left at the fork which is a gravel road at the Bridal Veil sign. -Follow the arrow signs >To Lake >One Way up to parking area for venue. For GPS/online mapping use the address: Henderson Rd. Corbett, OR 97019
Sam's wishes were that we all should celebrate her life in Irish Wake (party) style with jokes, laughs, food and drink. Please feel free to bring salad/side/dessert, a bottle or both!
Comfortable attire is encouraged.
Be aware the road up (and down) from the venue site is winding, so PLEASE designate a driver.