I am the primary care giver for a 24 month old and discovered last week that there is a tumor in my esophagus. I'm waiting for results from the biopsy but the doctor said that because of the density, it is probably cancer - a GIST. He said this kind of tumor is usually slow growing and he doesn't think it has spread. So I'm grateful for that. I will probably need an esophagectomy in the next few weeks.
My husband and I were feeling pretty burnt out even before this came along. My daughter is very active, totally amazing and thoroughly exhausting. I'm looking for coping strategies for all of us. We are lucky to have family in town and my mother in law will probably come in from out of town to stay with us for a week or two to help out. I just ordered "Mommy's Going to the Hospital" from Amazon. I'm wondering if she should visit me in the hospital or if that's a bad idea. She will want to run around and push all the buttons. She is not designed to sit still. But I'm her preferred parent and I've never been away from her for more than one night.
I'd love to connect with others who have had similar experiences and hear any tips you may have for coping.