Eileen Godfrey Eileen’s Journey

First post: Jan 21, 2019 Latest post: Oct 1, 2019
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One month ago our mom was diagnosed with Lung Cancer, it was right before Christmas and as you can imagine we were all devastated by this news. During this past month there have been a few doctors appointments, a few tests, but mostly a lot of waiting and fear of the unknown. Mom had a brain scan and a pet scan the first week after we received the diagnosis. We received the results of the brain scan pretty quickly and were all relieved that it was negative. The pet scan showed a glowing spot in her nose and mom being mom and Christmas being days away, the Rudolf jokes began. That spot meant many rough appointments for mom to the ear, nose, and throat doctor. One of which was a biopsy last week. This was very painful for mom and she said that next time she will pick her own nose. This was also the same day as the biopsy on her lung, which made for a very long, tiring day for all but mostly mom. Today was the day we received the results of both biopsies. We received confirmation that she indeed had Non-Small Cell Carcinoma in her left lung only (her nose is fine 😊). We met with the oncologist to discuss exactly what this meant and what treatment would be. The oncologist really set our minds somewhat at ease. While mom does have cancer and that is a very scary word to all of us it is stage II and treatable. The plan at this point is that mom will be going to Denver to meet with a pulmonologist a cardiothoracic surgeon. They will determine if doing a lobectomy is a possibility. This will be determined by pulmonary function testing that mom will undergo. If they determine that this is the best route then mom will undergo the surgery. This will be a pretty invasive surgery and she will be hospitalized for about a week in Denver. Once she recovers she will then go through four rounds of chemotherapy. When all of this is over mom will then be closely monitored every few months for a couple of years. We will continue to update you through this website as things progress. We all appreciate the love, thoughts, and prayers 💗

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