As some of you may already know, our Mom was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer on Sept. 23rd. She then met with an interdisciplinary team to discuss a treatment plan which would consist of four rounds of chemo every three weeks in hopes of shrinking the tumor enough to then have it removed by a lumpectomy followed by radiation.
Unfortunately, on October 23rd, she fell in her home and fractured her L1 vertebrae which landed her in the hospital (and IP rehab) for nearly two weeks. She had pneumonia and several other issues that needed to be dealt with aside from the fractured back. She was fit for a body brace (shell) to be worn at all times unless she's in bed. On November 4th, she was released from rehab and began home health care with visits from nurses and physical and occupational therapists which will continue into December.
Needless to say, she's had an amazing amount of obstacles to overcome but for those of you who know her, she's never been afraid of a good challenge! She's taken each one of these "bumps in the road" with heroic patience, great peace and a beautiful sense of humor... never complaining! Her nurses and therapists have all said the same thing... "She's such an easy patient to work with"... She hasn't missed an opportunity of making a lot of "new" friends with those who have been taking care of her throughout this journey!
Today (11/21/16) she had her first round of chemo... This is just the beginning on her journey of "beating cancer" so we are asking all of Nancy's family and friends to ban together and storm heaven with prayers for her! Specifically, that she has minimal side effects, the tumor shrinks and that she's able to get the O.K. from Orthopedic Dr. to ditch her brace sooner than later... We'll give you updates as they come.
In a few days we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving... A day that we're especially grateful to God for His abundant blessings, especially the blessing of each and everyone who's touched the lives of the entire McCormack family!