Five years ago, my mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor. My dad had become very ill a few months earlier, and we needed my mom on the caregiving team we had going with him, so when we knew something was wrong with her, we were overwhelmed at the thought of coping with two seriously ill parents, and having one less person on the care team to do it with. Mom’s brain tumor had affected her ability to stay awake. She slept all the time. We thought she was depressed, and that surprised us because my dad was getting so much better. It also affected her ability to speak the correct words. She could speak, but it didn’t always make sense. That was when we knew she was not depressed.

We needed a new plan. My granddaughter Shai, who was a very mature 10 years old at the time was called into service, and she stepped up and took over the daytime care of my parents, her great grandparents. By this time, my dad was awake most of the day, but movement was still difficult and he didn’t know what pills he needed or what other care was needed, so Shai did it all. I worked just 4 blocks away, and my boss was willing to let me do what I needed to do…a great blessing to me and my family. I came over at lunch and helped out, and right after work too. My older sister lived with them, and so was home in the evenings. My other sisters helped out several times a week, as did several of the grandchildren and great grandchildren. We had home health care that came in to help too, but a lot of it was on Shai. Our family will always be grateful to her for all she did that summer.

Mom’s tumor was a Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. The Oncologist we were blessed with, told us that this was the best case scenario. He said that if it was a Lymphoma, while still cancer, they often said that it was “only” a Lymphoma. It was reason for him and us to praise God, which we both did, since he was a believer too. We felt very blessed that he was the doctor we got, because, he never lost hope, and neither did we.

Mom began her treatments in July of 2006, and by January of 2007, the tumor was completely gone. Her speech returned to normal and she was able to function again. He continued treatment for a time just to be sure, and then came the many followup visits, all of which showed no regrowth of the Lymphoma. My mom was a survivor. She has been cancer free now for 4 1/2 years, and we thank God daily for that blessing. While my dad has gone home to be with the Lord, and she misses him terribly, she knows that she has been given a great gift…life.

4 Responses to The Survivor

  • I love hearing a story about cancer with a happy ending! Thank you for sharing. My Dad died in Jan. 2004 from a brain tumor. His was a really aggressive cancer and he lasted only 8 weeks from start to finish. It was hard on us, but so merciful of God for him. He had no pain and no suffering. And he only went 8 weeks without golf – his favorite sport! 🙂 I miss him, but I’m grateful to know I will see him again one day.
    What a beautiful post!
    Debi

    • I sorry for your loss Debi. My dad passed Dec, 2007. It is so hard being without him here, but I too know where he is , and the is a great blessing to me. Maybe our dad’s are friends. I’m glad your dad didn’t suffer long and didn’t miss much golf. Thank you and God bless. 🙂

  • The human body is mind boggling. Look at all of the components inside one body and try to figure out how it possibly all works. What’s even more cool is that we have nearly two of everything in case something shuts down. This being said, it is still vital to exercise and to eat right. Just because we have two of everything doesn’t mean we should abuse it!

  • Great read, great blog,

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