Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sad News

Last Monday, I drove my mom to the hospital for a lung biopsy. She had two suspicious masses. She had to be awake during the procedure to breathe in and out at the right moments to get the needle where it needed to be. Her skin was deadened on the surface, but I'm sure it was quite uncomfortable. It seemed to take forever (a couple of hours), and they had to hold her for observation and further chest x-rays for three hours after the test. We were at the hospital for eight hours that day.

She had been a smoker for years until, with God's help alone, she quit almost a year ago. I used to smoke years ago. My sister and I both did. And you know that ex-smokers hate smoking worse than anyone! But we couldn't influence her not to smoke. God did. And He and mom succeeded!


She had originally gone to the doctor for a persistent cough that felt like it gave her a lump in her throat, but nothing would come up. Most doctors simply dismissed her with an anti-biotic telling her she likely had pneumonia again. The pulmonary doctor performed x-rays and noticed something. He then sent her for several more tests culminating in the biopsy.


The results - stage 1 lung cancer (3 to 5+ years). However, she is meeting with an oncologist Tuesday. The prognosis, at this point, is hopeful. The cancer seems to be on the outside of the base of the lung, so "surgical resection, or cutting away, of the tumor generally is indicated for disease that has not spread beyond the lung. " That may prolong her prognosis if the surgery is successful.


Please keep her in your prayers for healing. I've already lost my dad (at age 69, suddenly, from hemotosis of the brain). I need to keep my mom around for a while. And thanks for reading.

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22 comments:

Trisha said...

I'm sorry to hear your news. I will be keeping you and your mom in my thoughts.

Laura said...

So sorry to hear this news. She, and all of you, are in my thoughts and prayers.


HUGS.

D... said...

(((forgetfulone))) I most certainly will pray for your mom. I know how scared you must feel right now. Please keep us updated and if there is anythng I can do for you, please let me know.

Jackie said...

Very sorry to hear of this. My mother went through cancer(not lung) with surgery, chemo, & radiation a year and a half ago. I know how devastating the news is to all of you. I pray for strength and grace to you and your mother during this difficult season. My thoughts and prayers go out to you & your whole family.

craftylyra said...

You certainly have my prayers for the journey ahead.

Nap Warden said...

So sorry...sending prayers...

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I am very sorry and will send good thoughts your way. Medicine has made such advances hang in and keep the faith.

Suzie said...

Im so sorry Ill keep her in my prayers

saveyoursoul said...

Did a very similar thing with my gram :-\

You're in my thoughts and so is your mom!

Chelle said...

I'm so very sorry. I will be saying prayers for both your mom and you. (((hugs)))

Trish said...

sorry to hear this about your mom! Lung cancer can be a tough one to beat, but it sounds like you may have caught it early enough, and your mom looks like a fighter! You'll be in my thoughts.

Jen said...

I'm saddened to hear this news and will have you and your beautiful mother in my prayers. You are right, you need her around a lot longer!

storyteller said...

I'm glad things look hopeful for treatment and you'll all be in my prayers.
Hugs and blessings,

Bubba's Sis said...

There is never a good time to hear this kind of news, but it must be especially hard right now during the holidays. Please know that I am praying for her - and you! Take heart - her prognosis is good, and I have known a couple of women dianosed with lung cancer that are cancer-free today! There are wonderful treatments out there now, and more every day.

Please let me know if you need anything - I am close.

Melanie said...

Diana, I will keep you and your mum in my thoughts.

I hope that surgery goes well for her and she may fight this awful illness.

Yasmin said...

I'm a cancer survivor so I can empathize and sympathize with you and your mom. It's news that no one ever wants to hear or should have to hear. My prayers are with you and your mom...praying for a clean bill of health and please keep us posted regarding the outcome.
xoxo

jenn said...

Oh Diana. I am so sorry. I hope whatever she has done will get rid of it all.

Giggles said...

Diane I am so very sorry about the news. Especially hard to hear so close to Christmas. Prayers of healing for your mom. Big hugs to you!

Love SHerrie

Lucy said...

oh Diane, I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. Your poor Mom. I pray that with treatment, she is able to do okay.It is so good that she is a candidate to have surgery to help.
My heart is with you and your mom is in my heart and prayers. so sorry I didn't visit sooner. wish I could give you a hug. xoxox

Jennifer said...

hi. i'm here from Jenn's blog... my kids are my world... and i'm so sorry to hear about your mom. :(

this is very hard news to hear... and take in... but there is great medical advancement and i know they will do whatever they can to take GREAT care of your mom. :)

i will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!!

sending you lots of support and HUGS!!!

i'll be around to see how things are working out for you all.

xoxoxo HUGS!!!

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh. I feel so terrible for your mom. She is such a great person. I will be thinking of her.

Joy said...

I am so sorry to hear of your sad news. I pray that she has a very successful surgery.

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