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Sunday, September 10, 2006
JUSTA NOTE UPDATE
The malignant tumor in my mother's lung has grown, even after radiation therapy, and is now pressing on nerves in her spine which control the lower half of her body. She is numb from the waist down. Although the tumor appears to be necrotic right now, the doctors still consider it "aggressive." Since she needs more care than she can receive at home, we all -- family, doctors, and Hospice -- decided that she should be transferred to a nursing home. That was done Friday.
The doctors have labeled her cancer "very strange" and "very bad." It metastasized from a previous cancer. It's simply not the typical lung cancer (affecting a non-smoker), so none of them will even begin to speculate how long. However, one doctor advised that "now is the time to put things in order," which hit me with a resounding thud.