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11/13/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep mom's family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support. Thank you for visiting.
UPDATE: Mom is no longer at Virginia Mason, she is now at Garden Terrace Healthcare Center of Federal Way: 491 S 338th St, Federal Way, WA 98003
Though earlier in the diagnostic phase there was brief cause for optimism, it turns out that mom has a brain tumor, an aggressive glioblastoma. It's managed to wreak quite a bit of havoc in just a month or two. While no one has a crystal ball, it's been suggested that she has two months or so with palliative care.
At present, mom has a large, private room (on the Neurology floor of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle) that faces south allowing both sunrise and sunset views. Her room is brightened by the flowers that many of you have sent, though more are always welcome. Mom does love her flowers!
It is a relief to know that she is in no pain, and as of today (11/12/16), is able to speak a few words and to smile. She's also been clearly enjoying music which shows in her body as her foot taps and her shoulders give just the hint of a shimmy. We continue to amaze ourselves at how many Crosby, Stills and Nash and Paul Simon lyrics come back to us as we sing along to her favorites. We also continue to read her the kind words from many of you.
As you can imagine, there's much to do. The journey we are on in the weeks to come will not be easy, and we know many of you want to help and be kept up to date. As such, we've set up this website and will be using a Mindings account that will allow you to share photos and thoughts with mom via an iPad next to her bed.
As for visitors, well, mom is a popular lady. We love all the love and support being sent her way! However, it can be a bit taxing for her. Today she was able to express that she did not want any visitors, but we'll ask again tomorrow if she's up for one or two. Please check with us before dropping by as her energy levels and tolerance for stimulus wax and wane throughout the day.