Marilyn’s Story

Site created on March 25, 2021

On March 24, 2021 Marilyn got diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. She has decided to pursue medical care at MD Anderson in Houston,Texas. We will be using this site to give updates to family and friends all in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Dianne Hamer

Mom is officially halfway through her radiation treatment! We planned a big celebration, beginning early this afternoon with a manicure at a local nail salon (see attached pictures.) This isn't your typical salon, it's far more glamorous. Customers roll around in their wheelchairs, hang their intravenous drip bags on the stands made for holding the power nail tools, and push their oxygen tanks between the water bowls that hold the foot fungus eating fish. I was surprised, and frankly very disappointed from a safety point of view (considering we are dealing with cancer patients here), that the fish were swimming in the foot tanks and freely chewing away at the fungus on people's feet. After all, we are in the midst of a pandemic, and in my opinion, the fish should have been wearing masks! Oh wait a minute......maybe they've had both COVID vaccine doses and no longer need to wear masks. I shouldn't jump to such woke conclusions.

Things were moving along smoothly at the nail salon, when a sweet hostess approached us and asked what services we were there for.  Something must have been lost in translation, because as I was explaining about mom's cancer and her sensitivities, our lovely attendant quickly started ushering mom into a "special" chair to make her more comfortable. I meant to communicate that mom was very sore and sensitive in the buttocks area and that we need to seat her very slowly and gently. With utmost care, the nail attendant placed mom in her "special" chair and quickly turned on a turbo super blast motor. It was like a war down under, bullets flying, grenades launching, bombs dropping, vibrations everywhere. A full power Shiatsu massage of the backside was not what the doctor ordered for mom's sensitive side. She was so relieved when the rocket launcher finally turned on and catapulted her into the foot fish tank. Mom decided on a pedicure instead.

Roger is hanging in there, very supportive of mom, and doing well. Due to his vast dog walking experience, I put up some flyers around the hotel advertising his above average skills. He was inundated with phone calls in-between his naps, and the pressure began to be a bit much. To ease the burden, we built him a website  with online scheduling and a full-time automated robot assistant. If you are in the Houston area, staying at the Texas Medical Center, and need a dog walker, click the link below. You won't be disappointed.

Sarcoma cancer is a big pain in the rear-end, particularly in mom's case! But, she is determined to fight this battle with all her might.  14 treatments down, 14 to left to go, 3 weeks recovery, 1 super long day of surgery, 5 weeks recovery. Keep laughing. And, more importantly, keep praying!


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