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9/27/2016 Latest post:
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This journal will be written and updated by Sherry's kids since she's having some particularly challenging health issues.
Mom's battle with breast cancer began in October 2013. It has been a long and difficult 3 years of constantly fighting back this evil disease. At times the treatment is as painful as the disease itself. She has fought bravely but despite her fierce determination she is losing.
She now has metastatic tumors in her lungs, lymph nodes, spine, liver, hips, scapula and brain. The brain being the most problematic - with over 40 tumors affecting her brain she is not only in pain but she is having bouts with confusion, most days she doesn't remember our names.
We have resolved to keep her comfortably in her home. Shawn (her oldest son), Becky (her youngest daughter), and Jayme (her middle daughter), Pip (her toy poodle) along with our wonderful Hospice team are providing round the clock care and support. She asked that we maintain her privacy and help her friends remember her the way she was. So many cherished friends have asked to come see her and there is no easy answer here. When we ask about visitors she frowns and says no. She becomes confused and agitated and we also see the pain on her visitors faces. So at this time we are requesting no visiting.
It has been 6 weeks since the brain involvement was discovered and it has been a very rough time. It had only been a few days when her leg wouldn't hold her and she fell. X-rays did not reveal a break but a fracture of her right hip is suspected. Even through all of this she smiles and says "I'm fine".
Last night her hands and feet started to swell and have become more painful. Her nurse will be by later to check on her.
Please, continue to send cards and texts - we always read them to her and they never fail to make her smile.