Bobbie Lewis

First post: Sep 5, 2022 Latest post: Mar 23, 2023
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. 

In August of 2021, our mom, Bobbie, was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell lung cancer.  We created this site to try to keep concerned family and friends better informed about her condition and how she's doing.  Mom has always been a fighter and a survivor and that's her approach to this battle as well. I'm writing this from memory so please forgive me if some details aren't exactly right.

In the year since her diagnosis she's had chemotherapy and radiation and both caused her terrible side effects. She's lost her hair and, it seems,  just as it starts to grow back she needs to start treatments again. Radiation therapy caused scar tissue to obstruct her esophagus so she was unable to eat or drink and lost a lot of weight. She's been seen in the ER a number of times because she's had some falls due to low magnesium, potassium, vitals, etc. Doctors have finally been able to resolve the esophageal obstruction and she's been able to eat and drink pretty well again. She's even gained a few pounds! She's been feeling well enough to be getting around a bit without using her cane. 

It's also been discovered that the lung cancer has spread to her liver. She's had a few CT body scans and about three months ago she had a body scan with results that looked rather good. The spots in her lung had either shrunk or some completely disappeared, and the spots in her liver were small. Yesterday she saw her oncologist and got the results of a more recent scan. It wasn't the news we were all hoping for.  Her oncologist said the spots in her lower liver  are rather small and don't look terrible, however, the spot in her upper liver has grown. He said this spot is a bad one. It's about the size of a golf ball and is growing aggressively . Next week she starts a new, experimental chemotherapy treatment and this round lasts 90 days, It can cause bad/worse side effects than she had with the previous therapies.  It's very difficult to see or hear about her struggles as she continues to try to be so strong. She's truly been a warrior through this.

Bobbie can use all the prayers, love and encouragement you can give her right now. If you reach out to her and she doesn't  reply right away, or at all, it may be because one of the side effects of the new therapy is that it can make her extremely tired, We will pass on to her any well wishes or messages that are sent. If she feels well enough she may even do some journal entries herself. 

Now that we've got this site started we will try our best to keep you all informed as we get updates. The reason I say we is because four of us are co-authors on this site. Myself-Kelli, my sister-Libby, my brother-Chris, and our mom, Bobbie.