Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Answers

Somewhere, I once read that God answers all prayers, but sometimes the answer is no.



She's got colon cancer.



Although its a large mass and fully blocking the intestine, it hasn't metastasized. They can't stage it until she's had an endoscopic ultrasound to determine how far its penetrated the intestinal wall.

So she'll start with chemo to shrink the tumor and hopefully kill the cancer cells before she has surgery.

Who knew that a horrific case of food poisoning could possibly save a life? But for a popular fast-food meal on her way out to Aunt F's funeral - she of the cabbages - my mother would have suspected nothing. She had no pain, no symptoms... she's young. But that fast-food meal was bad, and the distress it caused didn't go away and her doctor became worried.

And so she had to have a colonoscopy, which we are learning, freaks people out enough that they refuse to consider having one.
But she relented, so she has the chance to beat this.

And now that the worst shock is over with, we can plan our attack.

14 comments:

J said...

I am hoping that more prayers are the answer, because I am sending mine to you tonight.

frannie said...

on my Lord. I am so sorry. It is such a scary of unknown feeling.

my thoughts are with you and your family.

I feel just terrible for you.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I'm so sorry. Cancer is such an ugly word. I said a prayer for y'all this morning.

Steff said...

I have you and your mum in my prayers. I'm so sorry that it turned out to be something like this. Thank God it was caught.

(fingers crossed for her)

Robbin said...

I had a colonoscopy last year - as a screening because of family history (two of my brothers had polyps before age 35).

I have been trying to get over my reluctance to talk about it to let people know that they are REALLY no big deal. One day of liquid fasting, and I don't ever REMEMBER the actual procedure. Gotta love Versed.

Good luck to your Mom.

Suzie said...

I am so sorry. But you've got the right attitude. Go get it and fight!

JoeinVegas said...

Ah - sorry. Hope it works out. (when was your last colonoscopy?)

Catwoman said...

I am so sorry... But the good news is that it sounds like they caught it in time so that she has really good odds to beat it. The next few months will be hard, I have a friend going through the same thing, but with the love and support of family and friends, your mom will hopefully come out of this even stronger.

Shelley said...

Argh. :( I'm sorry. It was caught early though and she can fight it! If there's anything you need just let me know.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I am so sorry for the bad news. Even now, God is in control.

That Chick Over There said...

((((((((more hugs)))))))))

midlife mommy said...

I am sorry to hear the news, but very, very glad that the tumor hasn't metastasized. Hugs and prayers.

Shan said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. My thoughts are with you.

my4kids said...

I will keep your family and mom in my prayers. It is good she it was caught now though...