First and foremost, thank you for the outpouring of support and love so many of you have given to our family over the past week. No doubt you have provided much needed encouragement and prayer.
I've put off mentioning "it" on my blog or facebook...primarily out of respect for my mom, who didn't want everyone to "make a fuss" or to dwell on it. And second, because I'm still in a state of disbelief. Why us? Why my mom? But, then why not? If anyone can lick this, mom can. And in the aftermath of this week's tornadoes, when so many families are experiencing loss and deep heartache, I feel very blessed just to have each other.
My mom was recently diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. On my birthday (May 13), mom had an annual appointment with her doctor in OKC. I had the day off and we planned to meet in the city for margaritas and a birthday toast that afternoon. Her appointment took longer than expected, but she assured me everything was fine. What a lier. Little did I know that she had just been diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say, she was definitely deserving of more than one margarita!
On the following Monday (May 16), results from her blood work confirmed the type. She had ovarian cancer. She was referred to an oncologist and more tests were scheduled. By the following Friday, we knew the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. This meant that before she could have surgery, mom would have to undergo several weeks of chemo. Chemo begins later this week.
I knew my mom was strong, but wow. Her attitude has been AMAZING. When asked how she's doing, her response is always "I'm great!" There will be tough days ahead, but as I said before...if anyone can lick this, she can.
Everyone be forewarned, she does not want cancer to become the focal point of all conversations...(and she probably hates that I'm blogging about it). She understands this will be a hurdle, but trusts God is in control. Thank you again for your support, your love, and most of all your prayers.