Friday, June 22, 2007

The Diagnosis

Well, after all this time, we finally have an official diagnosis in my mom's case - it's Breast Cancer that has metastasized to the bone marrow. So this is why she has been feeling so completely exhausted. The marrow is where the blood cells are made... the cancer has been crowding her 'baby' red blood cells out... she needs those to carry oxygen to every cell in her body. So, that's where we stand.

She's continuing with her hormonal medication, but also started an intense holistic, nutritional program a few weeks ago. Even her oncologist was surprised by how quickly her platelets are responding to "something"... of course, we didn't share with the oncologist that we were doing anything natural or nutritional... we had already been severely scolded for that when mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago. How pathetic is that?! Shouldn't our "healthcare" system welcome anything and everything that could truly help the patient? Just a thought!

Anyway, we'll see how things go. All my research is telling me that when it comes to metastatic breast cancer, nobody on the planet can tell us how it's really going to play out. For all the thousands of women with metastatic breast cancer, there are just as many varying scenarios and 'survival rates'. It really seems like it's random chance, with very little rhyme or reason in many cases. For our family, we actually take this as a positive. It means that anything (good) CAN happen... and why wouldn't it??!! It's all in God's hands anyhow - and we're OK with that.

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