Thursday March 10th my Mom went to Urgent Care not feeling well. She had feelings of fatigue and dehydration. They started by doing blood work and giving her fluids. After a short while, they sent her home advising her to go to the ER if her symptoms continued. In the morning, she decided to go back to Urgent Care to see if they had any results from the test the previous day. The doctor there said he just had a feeling she should go to the ER for more extensive tests. Upon arriving at the ER, My mom had a CAT scan & more blood work. The doctor came in and told her, "there is good news and bad news, which do you want first?" She said good news first. Good news, no blood clots, bad news, Leukemia or Lymphoma Cancer.
That news was definitly a shocker for all of us. From there they took bone marrow, more blood tests and sent her home for the weekend with an appointment to see the Oncologist Monday @ 5.
That was a long weekend of waiting for the family, more so for my mom!! After meeting with the doctor Monday it was determined that she has Burkitt's Lymphoma. This is a cancer of the immune system. The doctor told her this cancer has 3 levels, she was told hers is level 3, being the worst, his advice......go home & pack your bags and come back to the hospital ASAP. From there its been a whirl wind for my mom. She been doing chemo for the last almost 3 wks. They had hr on dialysis for awhile since her kidney's weren't functioning as they should. But her kidneys are doing well now and we are just waiting for her to get over her mild fever which we believe was caused from the sores in her mouth. (syptom from chem).
She is staying so positive and upbeat. She's such strong woman and I admire her a ton for always having a smile on her face when I know it's been rough. It's simply another reminder of how precious and fragile life is. It's hard to sit back and wonder about the unknown. I need to trust in the Lord and His plan. The ball is in His cort. This has been SO difficult especially when I lost a brother to testicular cancer 10 years ago this last month. So many old feelings and memories coming back. I know my faith is being tested. I just need to keep the faith and be strong for her. Last week, I went to the hospital and gave her her 'new do'. I tried so hard hoping it wouldn't come to the haircut but what do you do? Afterall, it's just hair and it grows back! My sister and I offered to shave our heads too but she said we didn't need to do that. For future references if you do see me bald headed you know why! I love her SO much and want her to get better and to wip this cancer in the butt so we can have 'girl time' again. Get better, MOMMA! I need you! I LOVE YOU!!!
My beautiful Momma! Did I mention she has the cutest lil head shape?
My mom and I after styling her hair for her. I love her so incredibly much!!!