Topic: Mom dx. last month
On July 18, my mom, age 81 underwent what we thought was going to be a liver resection/gallbladder removal. We were told it would be a 6hr case, but after 2hrs the surgeon called us in a room and told us they were closing her because they found multiple liver lesions with intra-op ultrasound which were previously undetected on the CT. Pathology came back as gallbladder cancer, though the surgeon firmly believes it to be CC. My mom had right sided pain for 2 days and had no other symptoms. We took her for evaluation and we are now dealing with this terrible disease and poor prognosis. She handled surgery well, and we are searching for the right treatment. She may be 81 chronologically, but her mind, spirit and body is that of a much younger woman. Her liver function tests are all normal so far, and her only symptom now is a slight loss of appetite. 2 weeks after surgery, we were told to send her for a colonoscopy/EGD and to pray for them to find colon cancer because it is easier to treat. We sent her for the tests, everything was clean. Now we are back to GB/CC, diagnosed by ruling out everything else. I just don't understand how this could happen to someone who went faithfully for check-ups every 6 months, bloodwork, stress tests, all diagnostic procedures always perfect. The oncologist told me it has spread to the lymph nodes and expect her time with us to be 6-12 months. How do I begin to say goodbye? I spend my nights and the time when I am not with her crying, praying and begging for just a little more time. She wants to fight this. She wants to live. I have twin 9 year-old boys who still need to experience the beauty of their Gram. I pray for strength.