I've posted (recently) several times, but.....

My name is Lisa. On November 12, 2008 I lost my best friend. My mom at 72 was the PICTURE of health. Never took a pill for ANYTHING. In December of 2007 she started not feeling well....not being able to eat....cough, etc...which landed us in the ER. She had a residual gallstone lodged in her bile duct leading to her liver. Bam. They removed it, and she felt GREAT! As the months went by, they had her come in for regular check ups to keep their "eye on her." Approximately 4-6 months after this procedure, cancer antigens began showing their putrid faces in her blood. I took her for EVERY test known to man: endoscopy, colonoscopy, MRI, CAT scan, etc. We had a hard time getting the lovely insurance to pay for a PET scan. We started seeing an Oncologist immediately who continually reassured her she was FINE! Her knees were bothering her and her groin from what we thought was from an almost "fall" out of my (then) husbands jeep. On October 10, 2008 I took her for the PET scan. On October 11 (my anniversary) we rushed her to the ER. She could barely walk, and still had this persistent cough. The first thing they did in the ER was a chest xray due to her cough (something her Oncologist never thought to do). 3 DAYS later when her Oncologist came back from vacation, he came in and told us all that she had lung cancer and had less than 2 months to live. We were DEVASTATED! My mom was a woman who NEVER cried (or never let you see her at least). I will NEVER forget the look on her face and the tears that she sobbed after being diagnosed. Her 3 kids were with her when she was diagnosed....we all sobbed. I insisted THAT day that they release her from the hospital. I think I became everyones nightmare at that hospital. After all, why wait? Let her be at peace at home with her family. For 6 weeks my (then) husband and I were her caregivers in addition to the aide of Hospice. On November 12, my mother lost her battle. My life has forever changed. My mother and I were just about as close as you could get. Talked several times a day. I must have moved home about 3 times in my adult life...she was ALWAYS there to pick up the pieces. She was an amazing woman who I will miss for the rest of my life.

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Comment by Lisa S. on January 13, 2010 at 9:16pm
I hate to show this last picture...but it's so sad to see how cancer distroyed her in those 6 weeks. Unbelievable. Such an awful disease.

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