For those of you who know my Mom, Mary -- This summer, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer and began treatment with a new clinical trial immunotherapy, along with supportive chemotherapy. The 4 months of intense treatments that she received has currently rendered the cancer stable.
Although the cancer's progress has been halted, other complications have evolved. Pleurisy was discovered and was treated with some fluid withdrawals, and then a more invasive procedure that involved a chest tube and recovery at the hospital. Initially, it relieved the pain, but it has progressed to a debilitating state which currently has her at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. Mom has discontinued the clinical treatment in order to seek pain management therapies.
Mom's battle at this time, is with the chronic pain as doctors work to balance medication, block procedures, and physical therapy. We believe they/we are getting closer to a balance that will allow her to leave the hospital and enjoy being at home.
In order to spend as much time as we can concentrating on solutions and care, we as a family, will be posting updates for friends and loved ones in a coordinated space - Caring Bridge.org. Mom loves her friends and family, but she is unable at this time, to respond as she is solely focused on recovery. Thank you so much for your continued thoughts and prayers - your social media posts, comments, and messages do not go unnoticed. We feel your support and we apologize for not being able to reach out to each and every one of you. The volume of requests for information and ways to help is beyond moving -- it's immense. God bless you all.
I will be updating as often as I can, as will other family members. Feel free to pass it along to anyone we can't reach out to at this time.
God is in control. All of the time. We may never know what He has in store, but we can know His peace when we trust Him, and invite Him to guide us with love, wisdom, and understanding.