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January 19, 2012

The next phase

Filed under: — elana @ 23:09 IST

The boys and I returned last week from a lovely vacation to Hawaii, spending Christmas and New Year’s with my father and stepmother. P and Eoin had a great time, which included going to see the erupting volcano with Kuku (it’s what they call my Dad…Tutu is a Hawaiian phrase for grandmother, and we went with Kuku for grandfather. I called my grandfather that) and P learning to surf on Waikiki.

Unfortunately, on our way back from Hawaii there was some not-so-happy news. My mother had a cough for about a month, trying to beat it with over the counter remedies and antibiotics. She went to a doc to get pneumonia ruled out.  They didn’t see pneumonia on the x-ray, but there was a mass on her lung. A CAT scan indicated that it was not a good type of mass, and they went on to have a PET scan done. This told the docs that it was a form of cancer, and the docs decided to operate and remove my mother’s right lung (along with one of her ribs. I’ve been trying for 2 days to come up with an Adam and Eve joke and just can’t. Where’s B when you need him?). The cancer has spread some to her right lymph nodes, but the docs are feeling confident that chemo or even a daily pill will be able to take care of that, once she’s recovered enough to get the next step of treatment.

They are looking around at cancer centers in the US, and other types of drugs that are out there. Technically, she’s been classified as Stage 3A.

Everyone is asking how she, and I, are doing. From what I can tell, she’s having good days and bad days, just as everyone does. No, I haven’t talked to her on the phone; I did talk to my stepfather, who sounded like he was holding up okay. I remember the amount of phone calls and email and texts the first few days, and how overwhelming it was. So I’m doing what I know I can to help…posting on the blog. :)  To lighten the load, just as we did with B.

Updates will be coming as we get them. Thank you for all the well-wishes. I know she’ll be happy to know there are people all over the world pulling for her.

10 Comments »

  1. more hugs…

    Comment by Nancy — January 19, 2012 @ 23:18 IST

  2. holy.shit.

    Comment by D — January 19, 2012 @ 23:19 IST

  3. Mother bleeping son of a bleep!! Why the bleep do you have to deal with this now?? So bleeping bleeping BLEEPING un-bleeping fair! Omg, Elana, I’m so sorry is far too small a phrase for what I’m feeling for you right now. The only saving grace I can see is that you still have a lot of your wagons circled round and you can draw on those same resources. Motherbleep.

    Comment by Marieke — January 19, 2012 @ 23:34 IST

  4. It’s Adam who was one rib short.

    Comment by Michael Everson — January 20, 2012 @ 09:32 IST

  5. What Marieke said.

    Comment by Jen Sanford — January 20, 2012 @ 11:24 IST

  6. Lordy. Really sorry to hear the news today. Michael x

    Comment by Michael — January 20, 2012 @ 11:32 IST

  7. Big hugs lady. So unbelieveably shit that this storm is blowing your way again. Don’t forget we are here for you, call if you need anything at all.

    Comment by Roseanne — January 20, 2012 @ 17:19 IST

  8. I second Roseanne. Whatever you need, we’re here. Good vibes & thoughts headed your family’s way.

    Comment by Siobhan McC — January 20, 2012 @ 20:37 IST

  9. Yeah, shit, shit and double shit! Sending love to you and healing light to Lois. Let us know if we can send her anything.

    Comment by Aisha — January 20, 2012 @ 20:44 IST

  10. Thinking about you and your mom, and sending big hugs your way.
    XXX Ann

    Comment by Ann McCoy — February 1, 2012 @ 16:08 IST

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