Thursday, June 29, 2006

Well we have news

Hello friends...

Well tonight we got the pathology report about Mom's brain tumor. It is a very aggressive form of cancer that there really is no cure for. The doctors are not really recommending surgery because of her frailty and how hard it would be for her to recover from the procedure -- only to have the tumor come back almost as quickly as it was removed.

We are supposed to talk with an oncologist Thursday or Friday to find out possible other treatments, but these will have to be weighed against "quality of life" issues...so there are still a lot of decisions to be made.

We have talked with Mom and she knows what the pathology report says...and she is very calm and at peace. We are continuing the steroid treatment that helps keep swelling down in her brain and allows her to retain motor skills -- so today she was up out of bed and walking a bit which made her feel really good. Her appetite is also really good...pretty much eating anything that is put in front of her. I sneaked her a chocolate candy bar in tonight (a big no no for diabetics -- but who doesn't need a little chocolate to comfort them?) When I left her she was engrossed in a Texas Rangers baseball game...very much aware of what all the plays were that were being made and thoroughly enjoying herself...so that is very comforting.

My sister and I would appreciate your prayers. The decisions we need to make in the next few days will be hard I am sure -- but I feel like we are totally on the same page so it will be good to be making them together.

I love you all...and appreciate your support.

Hopefully will have another update soon. Hope all is well with you guys.

8 comments:

  1. You are in all of our prayers, girl! I know this is really tough to deal with, but you will get through it..God will get you through it. I pray that your mother stays comfortable until she "gets where she is going". I love that song with Dolly & Brad (When I get where I'm going)
    There will only happy tears..she will shed any burdens she has carried..she will find out what it's like to ride a drop of rain.
    I also pray that God will perform a miracle and COMPLETELY heal her..so that the family can keep her here..that is always our first request..because it hurts so much to let them go. Hugs to your mother, tell her there are lots of prayers being prayed for her here in Tennessee.

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  2. Jann-

    I just wanted to let you know that Brian and I are praying for you, your Mom and the rest of your family. I know that I've already told you this, but if you need anything, all you have to do is ask.

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  3. Of course we will continue to hold you and your family in our thoughts and pray for all of you. Sending lots of love from Tennessee - Dana and Family

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  4. I love that you snuck her chocolate! We will continue to pray for you and your mom and rest of the family.

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  5. Jann - my heart is hurting for you. I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through. I will just be in continual prayer for you and your Mom and family. I know your peace comes only from the Father. I'm so glad you have Him in your life. I love you my dearie. Let me know if I can ever do anything....

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  6. We are praying for you and your family. I know God will lead you and your sister in the right direction for your Mother. Just enjoy the things in life with her in the moment. A litte Chocolate is good for the soul!

    Jennifer

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  7. You are missed so very much.
    We are praying for you and your family.
    Hang in there my friend.
    Annie

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  8. Jann...you can be sure prayers are going up for you, your mom, and your family. I think of being in your place and I can't begin to think how and what you must be going through and feeling.If there's anything else besides pray that I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask...blessings...

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Thank you for taking the time to stop by for a visit and commenting! Your input means a lot to me. Have a great day! ~Jann