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Sally A Breen
7/7/2017 Latest post:
Welcome friends and family to Sally's newest adventure. Here you'll find updates on how my mom is doing in her battle with cancer as well as stories about her life, our new life together and share the many touching joys we share in this new adventure. My hope is that you'll find much more here than just health updates. I hope to feel the love of family and friends as well as share some funny stories, family stories and more importantly feel the incredible love in this new place we find ourselves.
Sally's latest adventure, as she calls it, began in January 2017 in Portland, Maine when she received results from a bone scan which showed several areas of concern. One of those areas is Sarcoma of the sacrum. This tumor is growing across her lower spine and into the space where the large nerves go from the spine down her legs.
Soon after learning of the diagnosis she moved back to Texas for treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and upon discharge from the hospital she planned to live with me and my family in Tyler, Texas.
She first flew to College Station, Texas to stay several days with Rachel, my sister who lives closer to Houston and the hospital but within 3 days her pain had become unbearable and she was admitted urgently to MD Anderson. While there she received 26 radiation treatments to stunt the growth of the tumor and for pain control. In the beginning she was unable to walk or sit up more than a few inches but with medication and the radiation her pain lessened to a place where she was mostly pain free.
We learned that there is no cure for this Sarcoma and although a very rare occurrence this tumor is most likely caused from her previous radiation treatments 6 years ago. Our hearts were deeply saddened to hear this yet knew we would fill this time with as much love and laughter as possible.
During this very emotional time my family was completing the building of a new house. On Saturday, April 14, we moved into our house. We furiously unpacked and 4 days later my mom arrived from MD Anderson on hospice care.
So, this is the beginning of Sally's new story and adventure. I hope each of you will find joy and love here and be able to feel you are here with us as we walk this new path. We look forward to hearing from her many caring and compassionate friends.