In 2009, mil had leg pains & went to the dr. They found a clot, but also found cancer - officially stage 3c endometrial cancer. She had surgery to remove her uterus, ovaries, as many lymph nodes as they could, & any other cancerous tissue they could find in her abdominal cavity. She nearly died, but she did go into remission. Things were looking up... until she fell out of bed 3x, & then fell & broke her wrist.
The cancer's back, or, more accurately, had never gone into remission.
Friday night, she couldn't move her left side at all. They thought she
had a stroke, or maybe a bleed, but discovered her cancer had spread to
her brain. After much debate & numerous consults, she began radiation treatment, & it's taking her down.
I love her dearly, have for almost 11yrs now, & I don't want her to die, but it's not the same as if she were my mother. Still, in a way, it's actually worse because she's my husband's mother, my children's grandmother, & I have to watch & ease their pain through all of this. We pray, we hope for the best, but we all know the end is near.
If the treatment doesn't kill her, the cancer will. It's aggressive, this cancer she has, it's devious, the doctors say. If they can manage to get it to retreat, it will, as before, find a new way to attack. The end is near, & I'm bracing for impact.
*UPDATE 7/6* When hubby got home last night, he said his mom's got a few more courses of radiation & then her docs are going to reassess to determine whether to continue treatment or switch to hospice care. FIL says she's not coming home, & after seeing her for himself, hubby agrees. Now we're making plans to all of us go down to see her ASAP so we get the chance to tell her how much we love her & to say goodbye.
**UPDATE 7/8** The doc called a family meeting, & hubby drove the 4hrs to attend. It's time for hospice care. There's nothing further they can do for her but to make her comfortable. She's moving to a hospice facility the family used before for fil's dad when he was dying from cancer, too, so we know they'll help make her final days as comfortable as possible. We're going down soon to see her.
*** UPDATE 7/10*** Mil passed away this morning.