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Nov 30, 2017 Latest post:
Mar 8, 2018
Thank you for visiting our Mom's site. We will try to keep everyone updated on her status here as new information becomes available. Below is a brief summary of how we got to where we are today.
As many of you know, she has been battling cancer for the last 5-6 years. She was first diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2012 and immediately underwent a complete hysterectomy. Since her doctors determined that it was contained in her uterus, they did not feel that there was any need to do chemo or radiation at the time.
For nearly 2 years afterwards, all of her scans were clean, until the Summer of 2014 when they discovered a small spot on her lung. This was surgically removed and her doctors decided to follow this up with 6 rounds of chemo starting in October 2014 and concluding in January 2015. In early Summer 2016, that little spot on her lung was back. Her doctors prescribed a new round of chemo, but unfortunately, Mom had a very severe reaction to one of the drugs and they had to suspend treatment.
While she was recovering from that horrible experience, her doctors were working on what type of treatment they were going to try next. In the meantime, her breathing had become very labored which was being attributed to her body trying to recover from the last round of chemo.
Beginning in November 2017, Mom started to have difficulty comprehending what she was reading, and was also having a tough time sewing; two of her favorite hobbies. By November 19th, it began to effect her writing as well. She was also becoming increasingly more confused and disoriented. She was admitted into the hospital on Sunday, November 26, 2017, and it was discovered that she had two significant tumors in her brain, as well as swelling around her brain and fluid in her lungs. They have drained her lung as much as they are comfortable doing at this point and will be putting in a catheter to aid in future draining as they anticipate that her lung will continue to fill with fluid. They have also started her on steroids and a 10 day course of radiation (which started on 11/28/17) to try to decrease the swelling in her brain and shrink the tumors.
As you can imagine, this news has been quite devastating to all of us. And although we know that this course of treatment is not a cure, we are hopeful that it will buy us some amazing quality time. We know that Mom will fight with everything she has to stay with us as long as possible. Thank you for all of your good wishes and prayers, and please keep them coming! We need all the help we can get!
Lots of Love - Nicole and Jess, and of course, our Dad, Bruce