StarryNite Posted April 16, 2005 Share Posted April 16, 2005 I have been following this board for some time... you are all so courageous and wonderful... I had no idea about cancer, I guess no one does, until it hits your family. My mom was diagnosed with stage Ib lung cancer in February of this year, 2005. Sounds good right, Ib, well, here is what happened. Last year around this time mom had a chest xray and it came out clear except for small scarring on one spot which even my sister didn't question (my sister is a surgeon). In feb of this year mom started coughing up blood pretty bad for a few weeks, she told sis and sis flew her out to Sacramento for tests. Mom got the tests right away and and Pet scan. Xray and CAT showed a mass in her left upper lung, pet lit up only that mass so they scheduled her for sugury. Within a week she had her upper left lobe removed by Dr. Graves, an excellent surgeon, only he found positive medial stinal (sp?) nodes (after path) meaning her pet was a false negative... my sister tells me the PET has a 3% chance of being innacurate. Anyway, they put mom on Chemo, she started with Taxol and CarboPlatnum and had a horrible reaction with muscle pain and nausea so they changed it for second regimine, she is a few days in now and doing better than the Taxol, but so weak and chest hurts. We are unsure of the stage of her cancer now, it went from Ib to IIIa from diagnosis to post op. I am 37 years old and my mom is 70, she is and has always been my strength and heart and the center of my world, her and my daughter of 16 months. We both had to leave Colorado on a moments notice cuz she lived 10,000 feet up in the rockies and move to CA. Currently we are living in my sister's house with no home of our own and it's been so hard. I am without work and am not sure where or even how to make a new life for us all...My sister has room for mom but not my daughter and I, and I am not sure where to turn because I want to be near her. I had to move here as well because mom wants my daughter and I with her more than anything in the world, as do I want to be near her, but I don't think I have helped at all with all the stress. I have not been nearly as strong as I thought I was. They say God won't give you more than you can handle... but I am unsure this time around... If you can spare a prayer please send it our way. I am preying for you all, you give my heart hope in your courage and love of life. God Bless Starry Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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