The beginning... Not Just A Headache.
By The Messy Vanity on July 11, 2013
In 2010, My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. I needed a way to get my feelings out so I decided blogging would be the best way. I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings in the hopes that someone out there understood what I was going through. Its been nearly 3 years since I stopped blogging about it and my mother has since had a recurrence. This, is where it all began.
As a sufferer of chronic migraines, I know all too well the pain and inconveniences that a headache can cause. Its this reason when my mother, my best friend, told me she had a headache I just let her be.
It was a day I will never forget, Sept 20, 2010. My daughter called me at work to let me know that she was taking care of my mother for a terrible headache which came out of the blue. That night I came to pick up my daughter and found mom in her dark room unable to stand. Being that I know I myself don't want to be bothered when I have a headache, I closed the door, told her I'd call her later and let her be. That night at 9:50pm I got a call from my sister who was crying hysterically. She told me that my mother wasn't able to make sentences and she was on her way to the hospital. I thought she may have been having a stroke. My husband was out of town on business so with 2 children at home asleep, I could not meet her there. Feeling helpless, I told her to call me as soon as she found something out and I hung up the phone.
The hours after that were long. Thoughts were racing through my head. A stroke is serious. That's when I got the call.... The words that followed are a blur. LARGE MASS! EMERGENCY BRAIN SURGERY! CANCER!!!
Cancer? There's no cancer in my family! The dr's had to be wrong! The only thing we could do was wait until the surgery was over.
The week or so after that was hard. Every waking minute I had, I was at the hospital by my mothers side. She had a pretty bad case of amnesia and couldn't figure out why she was there (although we'd told her many times). By the end of the week we got the news. Glioblastoma stage 4. My heart melted. I didn't know what Glio was exactly but I knew that stage 4 is no good.
My mother will start Chemo/Radiation therapy next week and I plan to be there every step of the way. Each moment I have with her will be treasured from this moment forth. It will be a long winding road with unpredictable turns and realistically scary outcomes. Today starts our journey with this unexpected tragedy.
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