As many of you know, Jan (Mom) received news in January that her advanced stage ovarian cancer was no longer responding to chemotherapy. At that time her doctors recommended halting treatment to preserve her quality of life. In typical mom fashion, during the past 6 months, not only did she continue with energy and health through the 7-year anniversary of her stage IV cancer diagnosis in May, but she also delighted in attending each Katie’s and Jacob’s high school graduations and Laura’s 16th birthday.
On June 29 her health took a turn for the worse, and she has remained in bed with hospice care since then. She consumes liquids regularly but is unable to eat anything substantial. As of today, she continues to respond well to palliative medications, which keep her comfortable. She is peaceful, but not well. She sleeps often. When she is awake, Mom is lucid, which is a blessing. We laugh and cry together and look at old pictures, and the overall mood in the house is very peaceful. Dad has been able to be beside her, despite his broken leg and crutches creating a few extra obstacles.
Mom remains at home and Nikki, Leslie, Judy, and Vickie have managed to maintain a 24/7 care schedule for her. She appreciates the privacy and peaceful atmosphere of home and has had few visitors, as that tires her out pretty quickly. The hospice nurses come every other day and more if we call them. The entire hospice team has been magnificent.
She has received beautiful, loving cards in the mailbox, and we look for them each day. Cards are welcome as well as wishes through this website. Please keep her in your prayers for comfort and peace.
-Leslie and Nikki and Lyle
Home address: Jan Remington 434 SE 67th Ave. Portland, OR 97215