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I love you Mommy, Part 4

Well it's been a long time since I gave a status update about my mother and it's long overdue. As you know from my last update the cancer in her liver started to come back and she was set to have a PET-scan and have the doctors figure out what her next steps in the fight would be. After the results of the PET-scan, the doctors decided that the best course of treatment for now would be Therasphere. While not really a new treatment, it is one that is only done about 4000 times a year by a handful of hospitals. Fortunately, Northwestern Memorial is one of them. (I really should have gone there for my appendectomy.) While it is FDA approved, the FDA is still accumulating data so my mother will have to fill out a report afterwards.

You can watch a video of how Therasphere works and also CBS2 news report about it. In fact my mom's doctor for the procedure is in the CBS report.

She had the procedure done on July 5th and last Thursday, July 27th she had CAT and PET-scan's to see how well it worked. Today we got the results and it was great news! The procedure was successful for the lobe that received treatment. On August 30th, she will go for a second treatment to do the other lobe. Keep her in your prayers that everything goes well.

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That's great new Paul!! my thoughts are with you and your mama!

Thanks, Nicole!

Hi Paul,
I happened to be looking up my own name on the net and came across your Blog site. It was of interest to me because my Mother was diagnosed with a recurrence of Breast Cancer in 2003, which metastasized to her liver and bones.

She started Chemotherapy in early 2004 and was doing very well. Then in June, partly due to the aggressive Chemo, she had a perforated bowel, which almost claimed her life. The doctors prognosis was grim. he said "Paul, your Mother is 74 years old with metastatic Breast Cancer and I don't think she will make it through the night".

She survived her surgery and kept on fighting. In late 2005, they found a small tumor on the surface of her brain and decided to do Radiation for ten days.

After that we just had to wait until we saw a change. About a month later she came down with pneumonia and was in the hospital for two weeks. I was fighting with the Doctors to not release her, saying that I knew she was not ready to leave. They wouldn't listen. On the way home, my Mom got worse and three days later, she was back at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

My Mom could hardly move or speak and no matter what anyone said, including myself, she would not respond. But on April 8th of 2006 my Mom looked up at me from her bed, placed her hand on my face and very clearly said "I Love You". I fell apart and held her. On April 14th, 2006 at 4:37pm, she went to Heaven.

Some people choose to see this as very sad, but it truly was the most beautiful experience I have ever had in my life.

I will pray for your Mom to stay well and wish you and the rest of your family the same.

Sincerely,
Paul

Wow! Thank you very much for that story, Paul. I will let me mother know she has one more person keeping her in their prayers. I will say a prayer for your mother in heaven as well. God bless!

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