It got worse once we realized that the nodes on her liver were producing fluid at an alarming rate...and this fluid was filling her chest cavity consistently. By the time we got my mother to the ER, her right lung was compressed to almost nothing, and her left one was beginning to be shifted as well by the fluid. They did an emergency procedure to drain the fluid, which saved her life. The recovery was brutal, because the lungs have to reinflate...which is excruciatingly painful. So now, unfortunately, on top of the cancer, she has to drain this fluid daily to make sure that her lungs have enough room to do their job.
Cancer is one of the most unpredictable battles you can face, and we don't know from one day to the next what will happen. Some days, she seems okay. Not like she used to be, but more like the mother I know. Other days, she's not okay. And it hurts.
My dad has quit his job to take care of her, and he only has kept up his wedding business. (My father is a minister and works as a wedding officiant.) I am the only child, and I'm a full-time college student with a part/full-time job as well. As much as we're trying, making ends meet is very hard.
If you would like to donate whatever you can, we would be very grateful. We've been amazed by the generosity and kindness of people time and time again, and my family would appreciate it more than words can say. Thank you.
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