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Dear To My Heart

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month…

Below is a brief story of my mom and how breast cancer took her life.

My mother passed in 2006 from breast cancer. She braved surgery to remove the cancer (along with her breast), and we all thought that was the end of it. With luck on our side (and Mom’s), we sure thought she was cancer free.

Well, little did we know that the cancer remained dormant for an entire six years before showing it’s ugly face (this time) in the liver.

We took Mom to the emergency room with severe abdominal pain. The pain had to have been really bad for Mom to #1 cry, and #2 succumb to going to the emergency room. Our mom was NOT one to complain. She never did want to be a bother to us or anyone else. My mom was literally the strongest person I’ve ever known.

The cancer became evident while doing an Xray in the early morning hours after arriving at the hospital. That’s how Mom’s oncologist was able to (get ahead) with treatment and then go on to challenging himself to spare her life.

Well…it DID spare her life for 2 1/2 years. To me, that’s amazing in itself giving the fact that the tumors were thriving in the liver.

Mom never experienced pain like that again since that emergency room visit. Her oncologist stated “There was a guardian angel that sent her to the hospital, even if it was just to give her more time.” 😉

After the 2 1/2 years of consistent treatment, Mom developed some horrible side effects from the type of chemo she was tolerating. Congestive heart failure set in and she ended up in the hospital 3 times to have a massive amount of fluid drawn from her lungs.

Our family (along with Mom herself) agreed there was no quality of life left to go on with more treatments. Alas, she passed 8 months after the crucial decision.

And to this day, I still wonder what would have been if we agreed to go for more treatments. I guess some sort of guilt still haunts me. However, the comforting thoughts of Mom no longer suffering and peace gets me through.

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Comments

  1. Sophia - HealthyPerspectives says:

    Hi Tammy,

    First of all, I remembered when your Mom was ill and what you and your family was going through.

    What's haunting me is what you said at the end…"And to this day, I still wonder what would have been if we agreed to go for more treatments."

    This is my opinion only. Chemo and radiation kills more than it heals or cure. Chemo doesn't distinguish what are healthy cells or what are cancer cells. They kill whatever is in its path.

    I have a really hard time believing chemo saves lives. How can chemicals or radiation save lives? Everything that we consume that are processed or exposed to over time does serious damage to our health so really…HOW DOES chemo/radiation heals us? It simply doesn't.

    I wished more people would help EDUCATE and talk about PREVENTION rather than AWARENESS.

    There are ways to prevent cancer, rather than just living life waiting for something bad to happen and then dealing with it.

  2. Hey Sophia,

    First, thank you for taking the time to read my post, and also voicing your opinion. 😉

    What you said and pointed out does make a lot of sense.

    I still remember how Mom's oncologist reacted when we told him we were done with chemo. I remember that conversation so clearly.

    He said he thought that Mom STILL had a 50/50 chance at remission. I guess that's why I still wonder what would have been.

    She was tired and was ready to go.

  3. Sophia - HealthyPerspectives says:

    There are many doctors who would pooh-pooh you if you mention naturopath or alternative medicine. They would be quick to point out it won't work…blah, blah, blah. They may even try to scare you into believing that if you choose the non-conventional way, you'd kill yourself faster.

    I had a doctor you disregard what I said about using a natural remedy for something. Something that I used and benefited. She still would rather give me a prescription? Obviously I found another doctor who was more open-minded about alternative medicine.

    Look what chemo/radiation does – it makes your hair fall out, makes you completely ill, burns your mouth, shuts down your immune system…those are pretty darn bad side effects.

    Okay, off my soapbox.

  4. Yep, chemo does some really ugly things to you. It broke my heart watching Mom go through it all.

    I've made my mind up..(actually I made that decision a long time ago), I won't go through chemo if I get diagnosed with C. I've seen too many of my family members go through it 🙁

    I'll just take as good care of myself as possible and live life one day at a time.

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