My vibrant, spunky 53 year old mother was diagnosed with stage 3 “non” aggressive lung cancer in January 2019. We were told it was a larger mass but the cells inside the mass were slow growing and there was a chance to cure. Unfortunately she also had a heart condition that was discovered the day after her diagnosis. 3 months later we took her 3 hours away from our community for her to receive aggressive chemo and radiation. For 6 weeks she slowly became weaker and more tired due to the treatment. When she was done she came home and ended up in the hospital with complications of chemo and we nearly lost her due to an infection. She was in hospital for 3 weeks and was discharged the beginning of July ... and made it to my wedding the end of July. The end of September she began having difficulty walking and was left undiagnosed with metastasis to her right hip for 4 weeks. Now we are here... I’m off work and taking care of her full time along with my 4 year old. My family has been split up, my new husband remains in our community an hour away. I’m stressed, I’m tired and I’m afraid. My heart hurts and my head is spinning because there has been too much change in a short time and I have no adjusted well. My mother is suffering daily and even though I have a brother, sister in law, and my father all in the same community with us I feel like we have little support. I’ve been a nurse for 10 years and I know this is only going to get uglier but I’m still trying to put on a brave face for my mother. I just needed to get this off my chest as I feel there are no one around me who understands.
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