Mom on our recent trip to Florida

Patricia Barber

First post: Oct 20, 2016 Latest post: Nov 4, 2016
Here we go again! On the 6th mom found a lump in her right groin; almost a mirror image of the lump she had in her left groin 12 yrs ago. She didn't tell anyone, and went to the oncologist on the 7th. It was after that appointment that she shared with me the news, and that the PA talked as if she believed it was cancer again. On Tuesday the 11th, we went to the oncologist together. He was impressed with the lump and a biopsy was ordered for the next day.Scott took her for the biopsy (it takes a village). Today mom, Carolyn and I went for the results. I believe we all knew it was cancer again, but we prayed it wasn't. 
She has lymphoma again. It is the exact same cancer as before, but it is considered a new cancer because it's been so long, it is not a relapse. It's very rare to get the exact same cancer and therefore it's a sticky wicket. Treatment will be much harder on her this time. With her age alone, not to mention previous treatment, we have many hurdles to get over. She is not a candidate for bone marrow transplant and we need to be mindful of how her treatment can damage her heart. She will be watched very closely.
We have teared up, but I don't think any of us have just bawled yet; there is time for that. 
We are the typical family, we drive each other nuts, but when the chips are down, ain't no one got nothin' on us! We are in this together. We've got your back mom, you just FIGHT, that's your only job. 

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