Today is Tuesday, December 19, 2017. The time is 8:30AM and the rain is falling. As some of you know, my mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer just before Thanksgiving. My brother and I learned of the devastating news on December 9 as my mom wanted to learn all she could about the diagnosis, the treatment plan, and when this would all take place prior to talking with my brother and I.
The tragic part of this is not only the diagnosis of Breast Cancer for my mom, but 6 years ago this month, my dad and our family would be told he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cholangiocarcinoma or Bile Duct Cancer. Six months later, he would lose that battle. Cancer has hit my family hard. My grandfather on my dad’s side was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and my grandmother on my mom’s side was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, both of which took their lives.
I know cancer hits a lot of people, a lot of people are diagnosed every year and most of us know someone who has been affected, but this disease sucks. I find myself trying to figure out how to cope with the news, with the anxiety brought on and even the depression when my Dad died. I’m lost at times as to what to do, what to say and how I should even feel when it comes to dealing with everything I feel on a daily basis.
So tonight, my wife and I will be staying with my mom and I will wake up tomorrow to check her in to the hospital at 6AM. Her surgery is scheduled for 8AM and were told it should last 90 minutes. As some of you know, she will be having a mastectomy to remove the right side and will have lymph nodes biopsied as well to verify if anything has metastasized.
Please continue to pray for my family, especially my mom. I will update tomorrow throughout the process.