I need to keep my post short tonight. I just returned from my mother-in-law’s bedside at a local nursing home. She is too ill to endure many tests, but a CT scan this weekend while she was in the hospital for a blood transfusion revealed what looks like a large tumor in her abdomen. Probably the return of her decade-old colorectal cancer. She doesn’t know yet. My wife, Pattie, is in Florida so we are trying to handle things by phone. A few short months after my multiple myeloma diagnosis, I decided to dedicate my life to helping other cancer patients and survivors. Be careful what you wish for! It is one thing to write daily articles and journal entries and attend an occassional support group meeting or fundraiser. It is much more difficult to try and help a family member endure the pain and discomfort of late-stage cancer. I need to rest, both for her and me. Tomorrow I will try and pin-down her doctors and see if I can’t pull some strings and speak to some friends in the oncology field about her situation. And, most importantly, see if I can’t get her some stronger pain meds – the woman is hurting.
If you try to feel good and keep smiling, I will too! Pat