On August 3, Margaret was taken to the emergency room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. She was dehydrated, delirious, and had collapsed on the bed. She also had a urinary tract infection. She was admitted as a regular patient to the hospital that night. Upon further tests and scans, spots were found on her liver and blood clots had formed in her legs and one was in her right lung. She had a liver biopsy. On August 10, she was discharged.
On August 23, she fell in the wee hours of the morning while trying to walk to the bathroom. Later that day, at her doctor's appointment with Dr. Szabo of the oncology, she was informed that the spots on her liver were breast cancer. She had breast cancer 14 years ago. He planned to treat her with light chemo treatments (1 a week for 3 weeks, then a week off and repeat this cycle 3 times). After the chemo, she would be on Tamoxifen for awhile. So he admitted her to the hospital that day, because of her frail condition.