Thursday, July 07, 2005

hanging on...

Since the wedding, mom has had two chemo treatments.
It has been the same routine.

She feels ok, then kind of bad, then really bad.
Then she needs blood, or platelets, or antibiotics.
Or all of the above..

And of course she can't have chemo.
In the meantime, her CA125 is back up again.

I'm starting to wonder if we need another opinion from another oncologist.
Or is this the way cancer treatment goes?

I know it will not be the same for everyone, but It seems if the treatment plan you are following is two steps forward and three steps back- Maybe it's time to look into another treatment plan.

Am I just being impatient?
I know my mother is losing patience.
I don't want her to lose hope...


Blogger Cecilia said...

Hello. I don't know much about treatments like this yet I don't think it's a bad idea to go and seek for another opinion. I wish you and your Mom all the best.

And, yes, Vickie sent me over to spread the greeting cheers.

Wishing you a nice weekend.

12:17 AM, July 08, 2005  
Blogger Mixed Metaphor said...

Hi dee-dee,

A second opinion would never hurt, but it may confuse things if they are drastically different. Cancer is ... there are no words. I really do wish you all the best.

I was sent by michele, but I will definitely come back on my own!


1:07 AM, July 08, 2005  
Anonymous Melody said...

You must not give hope... Cherish each day (and wear your favourite perfume!) Thinking of your mother and the battle is is having...

Hope you enjoy your weekend as much as you can...

Here via Michele's...


1:08 AM, July 08, 2005  
Blogger Along said...

Get a second opinion. And a third one, if you can.

Here's sending lots of hope and happiness to you and your family.

1:21 AM, July 08, 2005  
Anonymous Susy said...

Many years ago I went through the scary cancer labyrinth with my mother (breast cancer). In her case, a second opinion proved invaluable. When her oncologist exhausted his resources, she went to UCSF medical center. All they offered her was morphine. Not yet ready to go home and give up, she decided to give Stanford a try. She not only discovered that UCSF had misdiagnosed the extent of her metastisis, but that she could benefit immensely from radiation in addition to state-of-the-art chemo.

She ultimately passed on in 1993 (cancer treatments have come a LONG way since then, so don't despair!), but the treatment at Stanford bought her at least an extra 8 months, and they were QUALITY months where she was completely mobile and feeling pretty darn good.

In short, I HIGHLY recommend a second, third, or even forth opinion. Best to you and your family.

11:11 AM, July 08, 2005  
Blogger Cav said...

I have been there - I was in your mom's position...

and hope is a powerful medicine in and of itself.

Hold on to it. It can be an amazing journey. Sometime happy, sometime sad...but it is a character builder.

thanks for stoppin by the blog.

9:39 PM, July 08, 2005  
Anonymous Rae said...

Yes, cancer treatment is like this a lot of the time.

And yes, you should get a second opinion. There is never any harm in another opinion, but sometimes it can do a lot of good.

I hate that your mother is feeling so low right now. She is in my thoughts.

12:32 AM, July 10, 2005  
Anonymous OldGuy said...

I've never been through something like this so cannot offer any concrete advice but I will say this.

Never give up hope because when you do you've given up fighting too.

6:55 PM, July 10, 2005  

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