Your mom has cancer.
Words you never, ever want to hear.
If you’re a reader of mom’s blog, Friend For The Ride (which ironically focuses on menopause and women’s issues), then you may have heard that she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer this summer. Yes, that’s the same cancer that my mother-in-law Karen has battled twice now, although they had different kinds. Karen is doing well these days and we are hopeful she has beaten cancer twice.
Mom will be sharing more details about the warning signs and her diagnosis on her blog in the coming weeks. The short story is that she had some bleeding that prompted a D&C to look around, and the pathology came back with cancer. Her doctor scheduled a hysterectomy for mid-July. This was her first major surgery, so she was very nervous. But she described a feeling of calm as well. Luckily the surgery went well, and she had no complications and a fairly easy recovery.
We waited for the pathology report to come back after the surgery with our breath held. If the cancer had penetrated the uterus she would have needed radiation and chemo. If it was contained, the hysterectomy alone should be enough to "cure" her.
We were able to visit her in Hillsborough just a few days after her surgery – I’m sure time spent with sweet Mazen helped with her recovery!
After a long week of waiting, she got the news: her cancer was slow-growing, detected early and was limited to the endometrial lining.
We paid a second visit on our way back from the beach for more healing hugs.
I hope this is the last time our family has to fight cancer.
Hopefully "my mom had cancer" is what I’ll be saying from now on.