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Hi everyone. I posted some of this on the bereavement board already.
Anyway, my mother was 58 when she was diagnosed. She had had gallbladder
surgery the previous November of 2001. The following April in 2002, she
started experiencing severe abdominal pain. The doctors said they found
spots on her liver and pancreas. After a biopsy it was revealed that she had
stage 4 cancer adenocarcinoma. Originally the doctors said there was nothing
they could do. However, we found out about an experimental program at Duke
which combined a new drug gemcitabine with the regular chemo. It worked for
a few months. The cancer began to shrink and she felt really good. Then
with no warning the cancer began to grow back and spread some more. They
tried chemo pills, but those didn't work. Finally in November 2002 the
doctor told her there was no need for her to come back. We got hospice to
come in and hse had a morphine pump. She went downhill swiftly and died four
days after Christmas. My mother was a very loving and vivacious woman. I
still can hear her laugh so clearly. I was her only child and she always
liked to tell me how I was so attached to her from day one. We had a very
deep and special bond. We loved to travel together and we were members of
the same sorority. She was extremely supportive of me in all that I did.
She was a French and English teacher for over 33 years. When she was
diagnosed she started keeping a journal in which she wrote all of her daily
thoughts and feelings, as well as her feelings about me and special times we
had together. Her intention was for me to keep the journal to have and read
after she was gone. That has been one of the most wonderful things to have.
When she died I was in my first year of law school and luckily I had a great
support network of friends and professors who really helped me through the
Posted 12/05/2004 10:26 pm by Jamie
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