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Jun 13, 2018
Thank you for visiting the Caringbridge site to stay informed about Kay Beynart's health. We set this up because, sadly, Mom's health has declined recently and we want to be able to quickly provide updates to those who want to follow the situation.
As her friends and family are well aware, Mom/Kay has had a rough nine years, starting with viral encephalitis in 2009 that left her unable to live alone and suffering from language difficulty and seizures. Despite some word-finding difficulty, she kept her feisty nature and was able to remember her swear words! After five years of semi-independent living -- and making lots of new friends with her social nature and friendly ways -- in assisted living facilities in Atlanta, Athens and Savannah near sons Dan and Tim and also her siblings David, Donna and Alan, she moved closer to Jen in 2014 to take advantage of the concentration of medical specialists in the Boston area. Breast cancer metasticized to her spine and compressed her spinal cord, making it hard for her to walk. In 2016, she underwent complicated spinal surgery with a difficult recovery, and ended up in a wheelchair in a long term care facility.
In the past several months, we have observed progressive weakness and cognitive decline which are likely a combination of the brain disease and cancer. Given her current situation, her palliative care doctor suggested, and the family agreed, that we focus on comfort care. The doctors say it could be days or weeks or months left. She doesn’t actually know how sick she is, and we aren’t worrying her with it. Dan and Tim have been back and forth to visit as much as they can, and her brother David and sister Donna have been here recently.
She hasn’t been on the computer or been able to operate her phone in some time and has been out of touch with family and friends as a result. While she was happily reading holiday cards and chatting on the phone only months ago, now, she is pretty out of it (she knows who people are but is confused about place and time).
Please keep Mom in your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate all the care that people have shown the Beynart family over the years, when Dad was sick and passed away in 2000, and throughout the past years of Mom's illness. We are grateful for your support.