ggabrielides Posted October 16, 2011 Share Posted October 16, 2011 Hi everyone, My 71 year old mom (a non-smoker) went into the emergency room 3 weeks ago with abdominal pain, and what she thought might be some sort of bronchial infection. Thanks to an astute attending physician, xrays were ordered, and a mass (7cm) was found in her left lung. She was having pain in various other sites, which were originally thought to be swollen lymph glands, but turned out to be metastethes (sp?) of the cancer pressing on various nerves. Cancer has been found in her bones, and we are awaiting results of her brain MRI. She has been diagnosed as stage IV. My family (dad, sister and I) are still reeling from the news, and my mom is handling this diagnosis with grace and optimism. It is shocking to go into the emergency room, thinking you are probably going to be treated with antibiotics and sent home, but then being taken to the oncology floor with a completely "out of the blue" diagnosis. She and my dad had their physicals in June and were given a clean bill of health! Her medical team (Drs. O'Reilly & Shirazi of Palos Community Hospital, and various other mds and nurses, who seem wonderful from every account by my mom) are treating her aggressively, with daily radiation and chemo scheduled every 3 weeks. From everything I have read, the prognosis for this stage is not great. I am scared for her, for my dad, and my sister and me. I am here to connect with a community that can offer support through her journey. And I will support others in any way I can. Thanks for reading, Gina Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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