Hi all, and thank you for taking the time to check in and see how Rose is doing.
In August of 2017, Rose fell and fractured her left hip. After a surgical placement of a pin in her hip and some in-home therapy, she was doing very well and even managed to attend my wedding this past October using only a cane. In mid-November, she attended physical therapy outside of the home and during one session, felt a lot of pain in her hip and believed she pulled a muscle. From that point on, the pain became very intense and she regressed in her recovery.
It should also be noted that during this entire process, she was in extreme pain and despite discussing this pain with her team of doctors and specialists, nothing was done to help medicate her any further.
During the second week of January 2018, she pulled a nightgown over her head and thought she pulled a muscle in her neck because she felt a sharp pain. A visit to the ER at South County Hospital several days later revealed a broken clavicle, which led to several bone scans, MRI's, and finally a biopsy.
We have learned Rose has widespread cancer throughout her body, including tumors in her back which are causing the extreme hip pain. Although we are still working with doctors to determine the exact diagnosis, her family and friends know there is a long road ahead to recovery.
She is currently at South County Hospital in RI where she is receiving radiation treatment for her shoulder and spine in hopes of healing her as much as possible before any cancer treatment begins. The plan is to move her to Dana Farber, or a hospital equipped to treat her, as soon as she is ambulatory.
If you know my mother, you know she is an angel sent from heaven. We are asking for prayers and for all your positive thoughts. She is feeling OK and in very good spirits, but any and all prayers are welcome at this time. She beat cancer once before, and we know she can beat it again!
My family and I will continue to send updates - but for now please keep us all, especially Rose, in your thoughts and prayers!