18.8.11

Update


About 5 weeks ago I wrote this post about my mother and was touched by the kind and supportive comments I received in response.  The initial shock of my mother's diagnosis has worn off and I'm happy to report that my mother is tolerating the chemotherapy well. Despite the fact that she has lost all her hair, life seems to be continuing as usual.

Things seem so normal, in fact, that I have to remind myself sometimes that this is really going on for my family. When my mother first told me about her diagnosis I was frightened thinking about the torturous (but potentially life-saving) treatments she would be enduring.  In popular media, people receiving chemotherapy seem to suffer from constant nausea and vomiting, but thanks to the miracle of modern medicine, there are some amazing anti-nausea drugs (thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever invented Zofran!)

I keep waiting for the sad violin music to start swelling in the background as though we were living inside the latest cancer "movie-of-the-week."  Meanwhile, my mom is busy lunching with friends and taking naps. Yes, she's feeling a bit tired from the treatments, but she's always loved taking afternoon naps, so she's not feeling particularly put out by her current nap-schedule!

As far as hair-loss goes, she is now sporting the most stylish of hats... And my deepest, most sincere feelings of gratitude go out to my dear friends who have created beautiful hats for her.  I know love and thoughts for strength & healing went into every stitch.

Love, healing thoughts & beautiful hats for my mama... My heart is full...

7 comments:

  1. I must have missed the post about your mom's diagnosis...I'm so sorry for what your family is going through. But as we've learned through our own illnesses (my niece has cerebral palsy, my daughter had a heart defect at birth), there are no swelling violins...you just get up each day, make your tea or coffee, and get on with life as you know it. Humans are beautifully resilient. My prayers go out to you and your mom...sounds like she's got tremendous love and support which are the best medicines out there (aside from Zofran, apparently!)

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  2. My mother is a 3-year cancer survivor. I know how difficult it is sometimes to lavish support to a parent while parenting small children. My prayer is for your strength and courage. Peace.

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  3. I'm so very happy to hear your mother is doing so well! And that she is comfortable and well taken care of :-). Holding you all in my thoughts.

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  4. what a tumultuous and challenging time - how wonderful to see her perspective, and yours - much to teach the rest of us about gratitute and living today, right now. sending all of you smiles and hugs.

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  5. Glad to hear the journey is not quite as fraught as feared. Hope your mum continues to do well, heal & enjoy an afternoon nap.

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  6. So sorry to hear your news and I hope your mother continues to heal and is comfortable. With best wishes to you and your family. :)

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  7. I'm so happy to hear that your mum is adjusting well to all these challenges. Thinking of you often.

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