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Aug. 26th, 2006 @ 02:56 pm to people living with, living with, living with, not dying from disease
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Haven't mentioned this much lately, least not on LJ. For those who may or may not have been around middle of April this year, my mom was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma which is a cancer of the plasma cells. Her kidneys had failed because of it, so they put off treating the cancer directly until her body was taking care of itself better. Today marks one week for her without any dialysis.

Tomorrow she goes in for chemotherapy, after which she'll be checked into the hospital for three weeks. Tuesday they'll be giving her a stem cell transplant, and they say that's when she'll really start getting sick, most likely. She's going to be really susceptible to illness for a few months now, so we have to be careful when we see her that she doesn't get sick, because her immune system will be severely compromised. My aunt got her a wig for when she loses her hair, but Mom doesn't think she'll need it because she thinks it'll be weird to not have hair one day and have it the next. She says people are going to notice either way, so why bother?

Talked to her for a while today on the phone. She sounds good, even if the shot they've been giving her to hopefully ward off the sores in the mucus membranes that a lot of people with this type of cancer get after chemo is making her ankles swell. She says she's watched more TV over the last couple of days than she has over the last year. I don't doubt it. She's never enjoyed just sitting around when she could be getting things done.

I could go on and on with stories about my mom. She is the best, nicest, most giving and loving and caring person I have ever (and probably WILL ever) meet. Course, then I'd end up flooding your flists and that just wouldn't be nice, now would it?

So, flist, if you have a few extra minutes tomorrow or today, or during the next few weeks, any prayers or good thoughts would always be appreciated.
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From:mijan
Date:August 26th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I'll light a candle for her. It's not much, but it's something. If your mom is as active by nature as you say she is, she'll pull through. People like that don't LET things get them down. She sounds a lot like my mother. I'm sure she'll be okay. Just be there for her as much as you can, and she'll be back to herself in no time.

*hugs*
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From:corellianrogue
Date:August 26th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, and yes, even a thought is something and that's all I'd ask for. *smiles* It's not like I'm expecting someone to call up the Vatican for a Papal Blessing or anything. My family and I appreciate everything people think to do, even just someone stopping one of us on the street to ask how she is. My mom got a letter from an old high school friend of mine a month or so ago and was just thrilled. She hadn't even known my friend knew she was sick. So yes, thank you.

*hugs back*
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From:kuchenhexe
Date:August 26th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
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::HUGS:: Consider it done.
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From:corellianrogue
Date:August 26th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Zanne. *hugs*
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From:youko_astarael
Date:August 27th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
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Happy thoughts for Mom, and I'm always available for hugs. :D
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From:corellianrogue
Date:August 27th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
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I know you are. I couldn't make it without you guys. *hugs tightly*
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From:broadwaybitch
Date:August 27th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
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Hey J,
Thats what my grandma had...
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From:corellianrogue
Date:August 27th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
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Oh? Dare I ask how it turned out?

Also- *hugs* How've you been, lately? Watched the little vid you have on your blog. Wish I could be out there helping more than I can just talking here.
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From:broadwaybitch
Date:August 27th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
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Well, this was before most of the recent medical breakthroughs.
She had that and breast cancer, and some bone marrow cancer.
She was also older and had suffered through years of eating disorders.
She was pretty fucked... but thats not the case with your mother. Its very different now.
Its looking like ill get into residential early october.
Im struggling through.
For the first and probably last time... Ill quote bush "its hard"
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From:corellianrogue
Date:August 28th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
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*clings* You don't have to go unpacking stuff. I know you don't have room to sit stuff out. But thanks.
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From:author_kun
Date:August 28th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
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*hugs* I'm not much of a prayer type, but I'm hoping for the best for you and your mom. My sister had brain cancer when she was young... that was tough, especially when the doctors said she wouldn't live to see the end of that year, but she did and years later she's still doing fine.
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From:corellianrogue
Date:August 28th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Hearing about the good stories helps a lot, specially when you're thinking of all those 'survival rate' statistics and everything. Knowing people CAN and DO get better... Thanks.