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3/16/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Our mother Marlene was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma Cancer this past week. She has two sub-types of Lymphoma. One is called Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma which is very aggressive and the other is called Follicular lymphoma and is non aggressive.
We are very thankful for our mom's primary care physician Dr. Liljegren who has always taken such wonderful care of both our mother and father. When mom wasn't feeling well Dr. Liljegren didn't leave a stone un-turned and as a result of that got our mother to Swedish Hospital with a very good Oncologist who really pushed hard to get a diagnosis quickly so our mother can start getting treatments to kick this cancers butt! Those who know our mom well know she is a strong woman, and she is tackling this diagnosis head on. We are all scared about how the chemo treatments will effect her but we are a very tight knit, strong family who will help our mother through this journey.
We know there are many people who care for our mother, and want to be kept abreast of her progress as we go through this journey with her. Tami has been with my mom through all of the tests and doctors appointments. Mom will be having an initial infusion this Friday, and then her full chemo treatment will begin next Wednesday, March 22nd. Her chemo treatments will be every 21 days, for about 18 weeks which is 6 rounds of chemo. The oncologist would like mom to stick around Seattle for at least 7-10 days after her first chemo treatment to see how she is reacting to the treatment. The oncologist is still trying to figure out if mom can have the chemo treatments in Ketchikan. If she can't have chemo in Ketchikan she will probably go back to Ketchikan for a short period of time before her next treatment to tie up some loose ends and get her affairs in order. If she has to stay in Seattle for treatments more than likely in between treatments mom will stay at Tami's up in Mount Vernon and maybe every other treatment will come down to Colleen's in Lincoln City. All three of us kids will be with my mom for her first treatment on the 22nd.
This site provides a place for her friends and family to send her notes and good wishes. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for our mother during this time, and keep the prayers coming. We believe that prayer goes a long way.