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Nov 6, 2016 Latest post:
Dec 12, 2016
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place as mom continues her journey with cancer.
On October 21, 2015, just over a year ago, mom found an egg sized lump on her left clavicle which seemed to have appeared over night. A biopsy lead to a diagnosis of Small Cell Cancer which in most cases originates in the lung. CT and PET scans followed and although the primary site of the cancer was not found there was metastatic tumors in the lymph nodes in the left clavicle and under arm area. On November 9th the first of 4 cycles of chemo were started followed by 20 radiation treatments. The chemo was handled quite well, other then hair loss there were minimal side effects and only minimal burning from the radiation. On March 8, 2016 mom was able to ring the bell marking the end of treatment. Follow up PET scan showed no sign of cancer.
Unfortunately the remission was short lived when mom found new lumps which were confirmed cancerous following a biopsy and PET scan. Following a single round of chemo it was determined the drugs they had been using were no longer working and switched to a 2nd line chemo drug.. This round of chemo was not handled well and lead to a 1 week hospitalization recouperating from the effects of the drug. Subsequent treatments needed to be adjusted and were handled much better. On September 21 after reimaging scans demonstrated progression of the cancer it was decided to discontinue treatment and move to hospice/palliative care.
The bright time of the past year was the gathering of mom and dad, their 3 children, 5 grand children and 2 great grand children for a weeks vacation at the Clay family cabin. Mom's hope to feel good enough to be able to enjoy this special time was granted.
Though mom's journey appears to be coming to an end she has been feeling good, has been able to be active and is grateful for the quality of life she has been able to maintain. Her philosophy has always been "quality over quantity"!
We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.