Friday, August 10, 2007

Aug. 10 - August 9th.....not a good day.


Well, I said I didn't know if I was going to be able to keep this up, but perhaps I should. They say talking helps and I know it does help me. I'm also hoping that by blogging this, I'll be keeping a record and don't have to keep repeating myself. Our life is rapidly changing and not all of it is for the good. I will try to use this as a way to keep my family and friends updated.

Yesterday we received the worst news possible. After all we have been through, particularly mom, we found out she has cancer. This is probably the scariest thing we have ever had to face and you truly don't understand what others are going through, until it hits you directly.

To start from the beginning.........

Mom hadn't been feeling well. She had been having pains in her side, so eventually she broke down and went to the doctor on Friday, July 27th. They told her they believed she had gall stones and sent her to get a cat scan. They had scheduled her to have a colonoscopy and mammogram the following week. Well, not long after they got home on Friday, the doctors office called and said she had to go in on Monday to the doctors office, that they saw something they didn't like. They arranged for her to go meet Dr. Weddle, a Gastroenterologist. Apparently, they found a couple spots on her liver and he wanted it to be checked out. He confirmed that she had Gall Stones and that they would have take her Gall Bladder out anyway.

They scheduled her to have her Colonoscopy on Tuesday, July 31st. Because of the stuff a patient is required to digest prior to the procedure, they went ahead and admitted her to the hospital that Monday. Her colon came out clean, so they decided to go down her esophagus on Wednesday. The results from her Esophagus were clear, so they went ahead with the surgery on Thursday. They went in and took her gall bladder out and took a biopsy of her liver in three places. They ended up keeping her in the hospital until Saturday. I joked with Roger that his birthday present would be getting to take mom home. Turns out it was.

She went to see Dr. Haddad , the surgeon, yesterday for consultation and to find out the results of the biopsy and that's when we got the news. They don't believe her cancer started in the liver where they found it, but want to find out where it originated, so today, August 10th, they are going to do a mammogram and CAT scan of the upper torso to see if they can find anything. They seem to think it's either Breast or Lungs, but can't be for certain yet. Once that is done, she'll go meet with an oncologist, Dr. Dayton, on Friday.

So we really don't know anything other than she has cancer. I'm asking that anyone who reads this to please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. We need all of them that we can get. As results come in and we learn new things, I will keep you updated.

God Bless,

Tammi

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tammi -

Just remember -- God is real. He can cure ANYTHING! No, we don't always understand the path that God has for each of us, but, please remember -- be strong, put this in God's wonderful hands! He WILL take care of things! He WILL give you the strength when your strength is sometimes weak.

I will continue to pray daily for you and your Mom.

Love ya!!!

Patty

Anonymous said...

Tammi,

Please know you and your family will be in my prayers. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Love, Tracy

Janet said...

Tammi -
I have a friend who is fighting Stage IV breast cancer (spread elsewhere) and hers is considered incurable/inoperable. She is still fighting! My mom has survived cancer 3 times (twice was breast cancer). We will be prayer for your family and as our friend's husband told us...cancer is the little "c", Christ is the big "C".

Janet

Anonymous said...

Tammi, Our family is sure having a rough time right now. Always remember that we love each other and we will always be there for one another. I will pray for Aunt Jude, Roger, and you and Devin. I am just a phone call away. Love you!!!!!!!! Kate

Anonymous said...

Hey Tam---Marvis and I got back from Florida late last night. Mom and I went to see Aunt Judy and Roger today and spent several hours there visiting. Your mom is one tough lady. I left a card for you. I know how devastating and overwhelming this can be. If you need someone to talk to you know how to get me. I love you so much. Our family gets pretty tight when it's tough, so know that you are not alone. This blog thing is a great idea.

Angie

Anonymous said...

Hey Girl! I am so sorry to hear this news. You know what a big part of my life you have all been and how much I love you all. I too will be praying for you all and if there is anything you need, please don't hesitate to give me a call any time(and I do mean anytime)Take care and love ya all!

Stacey

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