That’s how I feel right now. Like I am standing at the edge of a cliff screaming but no one can hear me. Asking Please God, make things better. Why does it have to be this way?
“We just got some bad news yesterday,” my text read to my aunts, who had asked to be kept in the loop. My mother was informed that her brain tumor has grown and it’s not responding to the new chemo, which we were wary about from the start. Also, she seems to have a freaking blood clot in her lungs. They can’t do anything about the tumor until the clot gets taken care of, and they can’t give her the most potent blood clot meds because it could affect brain tissue. What the F, God?
My mom was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain tumor in June 2013. A Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme. Even the name sounds like a monster. A big, scary monster that takes brute force to get rid of. If anyone has that strength, it’s my mom. All my life she’s been strong. She went to night school while I was a kid to get her bachelor’s and then her master’s degree in accounting. Then she spent 30 years working her butt off trying to make herself an equal with her male colleagues. Of course, she was amazing at her job as a CFO but was never totally recognized as equal to her male counterparts.
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), WHO classification name “glioblastoma”, is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans, involving glial cells and accounting for 52% of all functional tissue brain tumor cases and 20% of all intracranial tumors. GBM is rare, with incidence of 2–3 cases per 100,000[clarification needed] in Europe and North America.
As soon as she was set to retire, she got hit with this godforsaken mass in her brain. Of all places. I mean, COME ON! She spent her life learning and educating herself, pushing the boundaries of the corporate workplace in small town USA. This is just not right. Not that cancer ever IS right. I just mean how disturbingly weird that it ends up in her brain when that’s what she used so well.
At this point, she needs to get the clot taken care of, then her oncologist can address the chemo situation. I am worried her oncologist is not up to this task right now as he has been struggling with his own medical situation. I would think he would not hesitate to hand off her case to someone more qualified.
She’s been doing a great job with her diet – lots of water, salads, cutting down on the carbs and sugar. She needs more fruit. Studies show cancer patients benefit from diets rich in fresh fruit and vegetables.
I am trying to get her to start taking garlic bulbs daily, but I’m not sure if that will happen. There have been quite a lot of information in the recent months touting garlic as the best natural defense against brain cancer cells. See this study at naturalnews.com.
I think it’s a huge deal that I got her to put Frankincense on her feet twice a day! It’s only been for the last week so we haven’t seen any changes as of yet.
One last thing. I have recently learned about this organization called “I Had Cancer.” It pairs up people who are currently fighting cancer with survivors. My mom had said in the beginning that she wanted to surround herself with healthy people and keep herself busy and laughing, which made sense at the time. But I think she may need some encouragement from someone who has been there. You can go on the site and plug in which gender, cancer, age range and year of diagnosis. It’s pretty amazing. I plugged in some info my mom might use and it came up with 150 people who are either fighting or surviving brain cancer. Scary, but also so amazing.
There isn’t much information on brain cancer and it’s still a fairly unknown condition. Here are the top two websites for awareness and support.