Today is a bonus. Tomorrow will be a bonus. Every day from this very moment...is a bonus.
On October 9, 2007, my family's life changed forever. This was the day that Mom's doctors told us that she had one year to live.
We were devastated. One year is not enough time to say all the things that you want to say, do all the things that you want to do, or say "I love you", enough times. It is not enough time to watch your Mom hold your kids and know that she loves them as much as you do.
In the past year, it has been an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs. Some appointments were good. Some appointments were bad. Some appointments were really bad. There have been good days and there have been bad days. I don't think any of us will really know how many bad days there have been, because Mom would never admit it to anyone.
With that said...(drum roll, please!)...Mom's latest scan results:
CT scans were done in May, July and September of her liver, lungs, stomach, lower abdomen and bones. The May to July scans were bad. Scary bad. The chemo she had been on was no longer working and the tumors were growing again. Mom is so active and so rarely "down", that it was hard to be thrust back in to the reality of her situation again.
They put her on some new chemo and then re-did the scans in September. This time, the tumors in her lungs and liver are showing significant shrinkage, or have disappeared completely. The tumors in her bones still remain the exact same - but that does mean that they aren't growing. We were SO happy to get this news! It really improved Mom's outlook and we are just praying things continue to improve. Mom is even gearing up for a 7 day cruise with her sister, in a few weeks. Something that we never thought she'd be able to do.
So, I share with you a few of my favorite photos over the last year.
Mom - Your strength impresses us every day. We fall asleep every day so grateful for you and all that you do. We know there are so many days that we couldn't make it though, without your love and help. We love you so much!