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1/8/2016 Latest post:
Here's is the summary of what this strong lady has had to deal with, and currently dealing with. To say the least, it's been a long 2015. Now a huge battle to overcome, still as we headed into 2016 and a hard fight ahead, although we know if anyone can fight it, it's her. And with family and friends supporting her, praying, caring, touching life's, helping and pulling together to share laughs, cries, an ear, a hand, run an errand, a visit, a text, a call, a log on her journal even if it's a simple "hello" this we believe is on of the upmost important things we can do to help her in this fight.
This past Spring ( know as Spring Break time for most) 2015, her break was not so pleasant and definitely not anything the family nor Sue could imagine would happen to her, she had a heart attack as she was leaving & getting on the highway from Northpark Mall. No sign to even prepare her nor the family, just never thought she'd experience this, as we call her the strongest, healthiest one. But unfortunately that day she wasn't so lucky. Thank the good Lord, Lauren was with her to be able to jump in drivers seat, hurry as fast as possible and get her home. At that time had to call 911. She was rushed to hospital, immediately into surgery and 3 stents later back on her feet. Thank the man upstairs for everyone that rushed, she got there in time, as the ambulance driver said she was just on time, had 10/15 more minutes gone by, this wouldn't not have been the end result of what could have happened. We were Blessed! Thanks to everyone!
Then comes on a huge cold, so we think.. Around August, she fought and fought to ditch the cold she was battling for 2 about months. ( worst than any flu we probably have experienced) Straight from having a severe cold, she started having pain in her hip, seen doctors, went to Chiropractor and sworn he ruined her from ever walking again, (he actually prob in reality got her to go do more test to find this mean dog inside of her, as it was not really just a normal hip pain,so she thought at the time) as of today she's still not mobile on her own, but after more test, more appointments etc, they find Kidney stones, too large to pass and stuck. She's had 2 lithotripsy to bust these, the first lithotripsy Wednesday before Thanksgiving along with a stent), in all hopes that would work, but had to re-do it again the lithotripsy again New Years Eve day. Doctor had placed stent so she wouldn't pass nor move, which just got removed this past Friday. Now she should pass. But the worst turn at the very same time came about... This leads us to the biggest battle now, not only was the kidney stones causing that pain, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that was caught WAY to late ( due to 2 years ago when doctor didn't follow up nor process referral) this pain was also coming due to the cancer that had set up in the hip. After lots more testing ( I do mean a lot, several appointments everyday) the Pet scan came back with the cancer in other areas also. This is a mean dog to fight but if anyone can, she can.
She started and completed 10 rounds of radiation to the hip, in hopes to kill it before knowing all the areas, hoping to walk again, however still not there yet, but working at it daily.
The on Saturday night after she has almost completed radiation (2 left) we had to call 911 because she's in severe pain, we all know she has a high tolerance to pain, this she couldn't bare though. They didn't take her in, after finding out she had kidney stones still, they concluded it to the stones moving, however that was also the purpose of the stent they placed so they wouldn't pass nor move, unfortunately they moved some.
2 weeks ago Monday she had 3 appointments to go to, however we didn't have time for those, as she was having breathing issues, severe chest pains, not only shortness but gasping for air we Rushed her to ER, where she stayed in hospital for the last week and a half. This delayed some things from being done, as other things started to happen.
Later in hospital got her port inserted, many more test, chest x Rays, scans, but still things kept wanting to pop up delaying the first session to fight the cancer itself. She had many fights at this time, blood pressure, heart rate, legs swelling, sick, lungs drained 2 times.
Now she is released, we all had our 1st chemo class as a family, this past week and this past Friday was her first round of chemotherapy. Finally on the road we needed to be on... She is on a trial chemotherapy and seems to be handling it well.
We no longer choose to keep this secret because we think with the family and friends support it makes it so much easier on her knowing we all care and will be here for her for anything she may need to even want.
The purpose is for you to be up to date on progress, daily notes you can read, stories you can share, anything to help her through. This can be very simple or long, hello's, funny stories you remember, the "remember when's?" The laughs, the cries, the weather is awful. No matter what communication you have to share it's her journal as well and a wonderful memory book forever.
Hope to see everyone be a big part of her big battle and lets get this into remission.
Now that you understand just what she's been through and currently going through today the conversations are made easier because hopefully this answers many questions you may or may not wanted to ask.
Thank you to everyone that has reached out , helped us, called, visited and still continues to pray for her. We need you all.
Her support group is "all one awesome group" of people. Hope you continue to fill her journal as often as you can.
This is her road to recovery. This means more than anyone could imagine.