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11/24/2016 Latest post:
I have with Mom's ok decided to set up this site to share Mom's story and keep people posted on her condition. This way family/friends have one place to go to and I will do my best to keep it up to date. Mom was diagnosed with Peritoneal Mesotheioma the end of August-this condition is very rare as it is usually in the lungs. We went to her oncologist at Stillwater Clinic who was amazing. She did the CT scan and also a PET scan. We were referred to the U of MN to see a surgeon who gave us the news that surgery was not an option as the cancer had already gone beyond that stage. Mom chose to start chemo-her first treatment was in October and she did quite well. She had her second treatment on November 4th and it hit her very hard. I had to take her to the ER the following Wednesday afternoon as she was not able to eat and had gotten dehydrated. Her pain level was also off the charts. She was admitted to Lakeview in Stillwater for a week. The nurses and doctors were simply amazing and took excellent care of mom. Her pain was brought under control with better medications, she was given IV fluids and just rested. That is when and where she decided after much prayer and talking with her family to stop chemo treatments as she could not go through that again. Mom was released from the hospital to home on Wednesday of last week to Home care through Lakeview Hospital. Jason helped set that up and was there with mom and dad when they came to set up the house. Mom is happy to be home and loves the care she is getting from the nurses now. Dad of course is not doing so well with all of this. As you may know has Parkinson's and has declined over the past year. He sometimes thinks mom will get better and that is very hard for us kids to hear. We are working through this as a family and ask for everyones prayers. God is good and only He can free mom of her pain. She is at peace with her decision. Feel free to post messages to mom and I will pass them along to her. Thanks.