On April 13, Diane was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in her liver, lungs, adrenal gland, and also lesions on some bones. The oncologist said she may live 3-6 months. Diane was released to hospice care at home on April 14.
This came about after Diane and Herb sought answers and treatment for severe pain in her left shoulder, and a lingering cough. A chest x-ray on April 10 caused their nurse practitioner to recommend that they go to the ER. Diane was admitted to the hospital after a CT scan, and further tests were done at that time.
While in the hospital, Diane seemed to struggle to speak clearly, to find proper words, and would have times of unresponsiveness. It was assumed that some pain medication might be responsible for this. After returning home and being off that medication for a week, the slurred speech and brain "fogginess" have persisted. She also seems unable at times to respond physically to a verbal command. Although hospice personnel have suggested that there may be cancer in the brain, we wonder if she experienced a stroke while in the hospital because the change was so sudden and dramatic.