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Update on Mom in Chicago was posted 04/30/2004 04:49 pm by maryfree
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It will be one year May 9 since Mom was diagnosed with PC. She had a 4 cm tumor at the head of the pancreas, was treated with 5-FU and radiation and has had classic symptoms but little pain. Since I like to stay in the moment, currently what is going on is somewhat amazing. They have used the word 'remission' for Mom. We see that as the cancer is staying quiet, not growing or spreading (that we know of), and is generally in check. Mom's problem now is her congestive heart failure. I just got back from Chicago and Mom lost 11 pounds of fluid through aggressive use of IV diuretics and other meds at the Congestive Heart Failure clinic. Apparently, if they can treat the heart, she has more time than we thought. Now her mind ( thinking she is living for awhile) has to catch up with her body that is apparently not as bad off as we thought. This is a challenge. MOM has been behaving like a person who is dying and now she needs to act like someone with more life in her. It's a choice. Mom has let go of inner motivation, drive, Decision making, and a general interest in the future. If she is going to live, she just may need to get up every morning and stay out of bed until evening. It's quite a paradox. Needless to say, We have not lost hope and continue to support Mom on her road to healing. We are not giving up. No hospice for Mom yet- although a month ago we thought we needed to consider it. The moral of the story is - don't let the diagnosis and prognosis of Pancreatic Cancer stop life. One never knows how the body is going to respond to treatment, to love, to laughter... This could all change next week.

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