2020 has been a year that I am sure none of us will ever forget, especially me. My Mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer back in April 2020. My mother is not the biggest fan of hospitals or doctors for that matter. She took sick right at the beginning of the pandemic. She had suffered for years with GERD that was pretty severe at times. Her primary Doctor at the time years ago(at least 10 years) suggested an Endoscopy in which she refused. The start of this cancer could have already been there and by the size of this monster it probably was.
Deciding to create this page was not an easy task to follow through with. People very close to me know what I mean as to why I say that. I am an only child, it's just myself that she has left now. I have a full time job that I had to cut my hours way down due to being a caregiver to my Mother once she got sick. As time has went on she has gotten much worse which requires even more time she needs to be cared for. My Mother just celebrated her 73rd birthday on October3rd and hope deeply we can have Christmas together. She is hospitalized today as I am typing this. The bastard found her brain.... Her mind is still very good and has been thus far. Weeks ago it seemed she was having a stroke . I was getting her up into the bed and she went cross-eyed and lost control of the entire right side of her body. She yelled that she was going blind! I of course freaked out like an idiot and kind of scared her. I clapped my hands right in her face and said her name over and over again for 3 minutes which felt like an eternity. No stoke, 2 lesions in the left side of her brain. They radiated her today already because there is a great amount of swelling in brain and this is causing headaches and blurry vison.
I have never seen such strength and courage in my life! She is 87 pounds of fury I tell you and she still does not want to quit this fight. In her mind she is going to be 130 pounds again and then wants to do chemotherapy. The odds are pretty against her right now but all we can do is be positive and take it one day at a time.
Lastly, her nurse yesterday had asked her how she is able to fight so hard and is there anything that continues to make her fight even harder. Her very response was "I am fighting for my daughter!" Mom is still trying to be a Mom! Tonight I told her she doesn't have to fight for me, I am okay, and I will be okay, please don't worry about me. I told her not to worry about anything and that I am making sure everything is being done correctly for her care. I know times are so awful right now. I would appreciate anything that can be donated for my family so we can be more prepared on what's to come and what will continue to follow. God Bless you all. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.
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