My mother of 45 years old is currently battling stage 4 Colon Cancer. Here is how her abrupt story began:
A few weeks before Christmas, my mother was experiencing bowel issues, and her shirts were becoming abnormally tighter. So, my father of 49 years old took her to the ER. My mom underwent scans, and come to find out she had a 12 inch tumor. So, she was emitted for surgery the following few days. My mom is anemic and her blood level was extremely low, so in order to have surgery she had 8 blood transfusions within 5 days. A week later, the doctor removed her tumor along with her ovaries, and Fallopian tubes. She was “diagnosed” with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. A week after the surgery, test results came back odd. The tumor was in her uterus, but because of symptoms and results, the doctor ordered an Colonoscopy.
The Colonoscopy showed that my mom had Stage 4 Colon Cancer on Christmas Eve. So, the first week of January my mom began IV chemo and a 72 hour pump at home every two weeks. Through hope, faith, and love from family, friends, and others, my mom toughed through chemo. By the end of February, my mom had to stop IV chemo and prepare for a 12 hour surgery for the upcoming month of March.
On March 24, my mom is going to have bowel resection, cito reduction, and parateneal sheeting covering the inside of her abdomen removed, and wherever tumor cells are discovered removed. Lastly, her insides will be flushed with heated chemo for 90 minutes. Her cervix will be flushed too.
My mom is my best friend. She is the best mom a daughter could ask for, and I am very thankful.
When we first found out, I was in complete shock. I had no idea how to react, think, or handle my emotions. My first instinct was to hold my mom.
My parents, especially my mom, has raised my brother and I with amazing mannerism and drive. She has always held her chin up high and fought through tough times. She has taught me to be strong. As I sat through her IV chemo treatments for hours, I observed how none of it affected her one bit. This, made me get through my silly dental appointments. I honor my mom for being herself. She reaches out to others who are also battling stage 4 Colon Cancer. Whenever she sits through their chemo treatments with them, she gives them small, meaningful gifts. These gifts offer joy, happiness, encouragement, and uplifting quotes.
I am driven me to increase awareness about Colon Cancer to my surrounding communities. I have been a huge advocate.
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