Monday, April 4, 2011

Cancer...the hardest word to hear

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!!!


Always smiling!


My beautiful Momma! Did I mention she has the cutest lil head shape?


Haircut time!


My mom and I after styling her hair for her. I love her so incredibly much!!!

11 comments:

Rachel said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. Our prayers are with you and your mom.

Lyndsay said...

Liz Im so sorry you and your family are having to go through this. I will keep all of you in my prayers!

April and Mark said...

I will definitely keep you and your family in my prayers. Aw, I just love your mom.

Larsen said...

Liz, our family loves you. I am amazed at your testimony and strength. God Bless. You and your family are in our prayers!

kyle

The Yeager Family said...

Lizzie, we love you and are praying for you and your momma! So sorry for the trial you are facing.
PLEASE bring Knox over if you need to go see your mom. ANYTIME!

nate and amy crandell said...

Liz!! I'm glad your blogging again! I am soo sorry hear this about your Mom, I love you girl and Hope the best for your Family :)

Missy said...

I am so sorry that you are going through this hard thing! I can't imagine! You and your family are in my prayers! You are amazing! Please let me know if you need anything!!! I can watch Knox if you need!

Erinn said...

I have been keeping your family and your sweet mom in my prayers since i heard. she is so strong!!

Amber M said...

I am sorry about your mom. My little bro also had testicular cancer. Quite a scare. I will pray for you and your family. It's good to see your posting again. Best of luck!

the christensen fam said...

Liz, I am so sorry to hear this. You are such a sweet girl and I am sure most of that is learned from a sweet mom. Good luck with all the future brings your way. I hope also that she kicks this thing in the butt!!

THE HENDRICKS said...

Liz, I'm so glad you FINALLY updated your blog. I've missed you. Knox is getting so big! I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. We will be sure to keep her in our prayers. I know we live far away, but if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. I'm here for you! Good luck and keep us updated. Luv ya girl!