Nora Weaver

First post: Feb 6, 2018 Latest post: Dec 23, 2022
Nora was born Feb 24, 1952. Married to me, Adam in 1974.  At a very young age she had rheumatic fever. As a teenager she had a cyst removed from her ovaries. She is a heredity diabetic since 1974. (Insulin dependent since 2006).  Two of our 5 children were born by C-Section. In 2001 she had a cancerous tumor removed together with 18" of the colon followed by 6 months of chemotherapy.  In 2006 she received a mechanical aortic heart valve. In 2010 she had a large abdominal hernia repaired.  In 2012 she had a second open heart surgery to replace the mechanical valve with a tissue (pig) valve as well as the mitral valve and a pacemaker was put in. In Feb 2017 she had a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation for breast cancer. In Jan 2018 she had congestive heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia and bladder infection.  In May 2018 she had a third open heart surgery to replace the failing mitral tissue (pig) with a mechanical valve. July 2020 three tumors in her abdomen were diagnosed as sarcoma. Two of the tumors have main blood arteries running through them, making surgical removal not an option. Started chemo treatments on Sept 11, 2020. On October 29, 2020, she was admitted to the hospital with staph infection in her blood and urinary tract infection. Port was removed due to cause of infection and PICC line put in. Discharged from hospital after one week, followed by six weeks of three times a day antibiotic via PICC line, at home.  Restarted chemotherapy with a different drug on Jan 4, 2020. In mid-March 2021 the oncologist told us that we are "not getting anywhere". The tumors have not changed significantly in size. In April 2021 we started 6 weeks of 5 days a week radiation treatment and one day a week of yet another kind of chemo. As of May 15, we have 3 more radiation treatment and 1 chemo to go. It appears that the tumors have shrunk but it will be at least month before they can confirm the effectiveness. Radiation treatment ended on June 29, 2021. On a follow-up visit on August 30, 2021, with our oncologist, he confirmed that the tumors have grown back and gotten "worse". He made a simple, but conclusive statement, confirmed what we suspected, “I have no further feasible treatment to offer”, adding that any treatment he would use, the risks outweigh the benefits. He recommended going on hospice care. Started in-home hospice on September 2, 2021. As of, 2021; She is still up and walking but is unstable and has fallen a few times and is unable to get up herself. She is taking a dose of morphine before going to bed, due to leg pain caused by the one tumor restricting blood flow to her leg.  She has occasional nausea bouts, supposedly from the morphine.  Nora entered rest, quietly and peacefully on Dec 23, 2021. She was alert and still walking the day before. On the morning of her passing she was unable to get out of bed, still semi-conscious and passed away at home in her bed at 2:45 PM.

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