Nov 22, 2008 Latest post:
Nov 17, 2009
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated about our mom, Annie Mae Johnson.
My Story is the introduction to our CaringBridge site. Please click the link below to read Mom's story.
Be sure to read the latest in the journal, view the photo gallery, and send her words of encouragement in the guestbook.
On Saturday, November 15, 2008, Dad took Mom to the ER at CMC Northeast for chest pain. The doctors ruled out any problems with her heart, but were still concerned so they ordered further testing. Late Saturday night, they were able to also rule out blot clots. On Sunday, November 16, 2008, the doctor sent Mom for a MRI, because he saw something on her brain when she had the CT scan on Saturday.
We arrived at the hospital after church Sunday morning to be told by Randy, our oldest brother, that Mom had a mass on her brain. We did not have any other details.
On Tuesday, November 18, 2008, our worst fear was confirmed. Mom and Dad called the family together in their living room to tell us that Mom has a cancerous brain tumor in her right frontal lobe, it's inoperable, and without treatments, she may only have about 6 months to live. With treatment, she may have possibly an additional 6 - 12 months. More bad news......even though she may live that long, Mom as we know her, may not be with us, because of the complications from the tumor.
Mom and Dad are devastated. The hearts of their children and grandchildren were broken in a way we have never experienced. Although we are certainly not the first family to go through this, to some of us, it felt as if no one else in the world could have possibly experienced this much pain and sorrow. The hurt was indescribable. Both of our parents are important in our lives, but Mom is the glue that holds our family together. We can't begin to imagine life without her.
The neurosurgeon believes that Mom will increasingly lose her ability to communicate and will also have problems with her memory. It is believed that she has had the tumor for about 4 weeks, and we are already seeing the effects of the tumor. Mom was noticing the effects on her speech and memory about 3 weeks ago, but didn't know what was going on. Family members also noticed over the past few weeks, the speech and memory problems, along with a slight personality change.
Mom will have a biopsy on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at CMC Northeast. She will be in ICU and discharged to home on Wednesday. At that time, we should find out more information about her treatments.
Dad is asking that we all pray for and believe in a miracle healing for Mom. We believe in a miracle working God and we know that He can remove this tumor from her brain.
We would appreciate your prayers for Mom, Dad and our family during this difficult time. We are overwhelmed at how many people care and are praying for her. One of Dad's favorite quotes is "Prayer Changes Things". We are believing in that. God is our first Hope and our only Hope.
Please check back from time to time for updates on Mom's condition. We will try to keep this site updated as frequently as possibly. You can sign up to receive email notifications for when we do post journal updates. We will also try to post pictures along the journey.
Feel free to sign the guest book. We will let Mom know about any messages left on this site.
Thank you again for your prayers, and thanks to those who have already expressed their care and concern through phone calls to the family and cards to Mom.