Janiece Garrett

First post: Feb 3, 2021 Latest post: Feb 11, 2021
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Lisa and I haven't shared this publicly until today.  Some of you know that Mom had lung cancer diagnosed about 2 years ago.  She had 5 rounds of radiation and was pronounced "cancer free".  Over the past few months, Mom has had more and more incidents when she couldn't recall certain items or memories, and her physical shape has gotten less and less steady and more frail.  She frequently had periods of nausea and other GI distress varying from one end of the spectrum to the other.  Mid-November, Mom was taken ill and diagnosed with Covid-19.  She spent a couple of weeks at home, very sick and not eating or drinking really anything but refusing treatment of any kind; she finally woke up from a nap one afternoon and asked Lisa to call EMS to take her to the hospital.  Luckily, she was able to come home after only a couple of days there, but she had lost a great deal of weight (Covid affected her GI tract mainly), and needed help getting back her appetite.  At the time of discharge, her doctors did note that they saw some spots on her lungs in her chest x-ray, so Lisa and I immediately made an appointment to follow up with her oncologist.  She was scheduled for a PET scan for December 29th, but took a fall the night before and wasn't up to making the trip to Amarillo the next day, so we re-scheduled and she finally got her scan the week after New Year's 2021.  The results from the scan weren't remarkable for her lungs -- Dr Ravipati said the spots seen on the x-ray were likely shadows caused by the radiation -- but she did note that there was some "activity" in Mom's brain that they wanted to investigate further and so she was scheduled to have an MRI the following week.  We got the results of her MRI on January 21st.  Mom has 2 tumors (cysts) on her brain that are both quite large.  It is not certain whether the cancer is a result of her lung cancer that may have metastasized, or whether this is a completely new, and very aggressive, form of brain cancer.  Due to mom's age, she is not a candidate for surgery, and radiation treatments would only be palliative and would make her very weak and tired; the radiology oncologist also said that the treatment would only perhaps give her another couple of weeks to maybe a month before the cancer would overtake any shrinkage the radiation would give.  Given the size of her tumors and the rapid decline in her health between when she contracted Covid before Thanksgiving and the time of the PET Scan/MRI, we were told we might have anywhere from 2 weeks to maybe a month or two with her if we did nothing at all.  


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