It's been a little over two months now since my mom's diagnosis. There's good days, but they're few and far between. She's on a daily radiation regimen and a once weekly chemo treatment. The first two chemo treatments went all to hell and sent her to the hospital. After a two week stint in the hospital, she's been living with me.
The chemo meds have been changed up. They don't cause mom to spend days on end in the hospital but there's no shortage of vomit. A home health nurse and a physical therapist visit my home twice a week to check her vitals and help regain her strength. Mom is losing weight at a rapid pace and the doctors keep warning her she's in a danger zone. Her appetite is non-existent. Just when I think my "old mom" is back and I see her smile or laugh, I'm robbed of it just a short time later.
Look Good/Feel Better makeup products
On a somewhat side note, my sister and I took mom to a Look Good/Feel Better event a couple weeks ago and it was a humbling experience. There were eight other women there, all going through different stages and types of cancer. Each lady was given a bag full of name-brand makeup to keep. Although my mom hasn't lost all her hair yet and didn't need one, wigs were given out to the women who needed one. I experienced a huge personality change in one woman when she walked out of the room with a nearly bald head and walked back in a short time later with a wig and hat. You could see the definite positive change in her spirits. It was contagious! Huge accolades to the volunteers who put together Look Good/Feel Better events!
I'm worn down. I'm exhausted. I feel alone at times. I feel like cancer has become a black plague that hangs over our house. But I will continue to do everything in my power to help my mom during this struggle. I have much faith and know that if He sees us to it, He'll see us through it.
I have three more words for cancer.......We Will Win!