Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Update on Mum

On Monday afternoon, after weeks of tests and scans, my Mum was finally given the news we had been dreading. She has bowel cancer. Again. She was first diagnosed 24 years ago, had an operation and was successfully cleared of the disease, not needing any other treatment. But she has it again. It is not the same cancer but a new one and her doctor said she is very unlucky to get it a second time.

At 88 Mum's general health is very good. She has difficulty walking, managing short distances with a stick but her heart is sound and her BP mostly normal. So she is to have an operation and the doctor says he is confident that all should go very well.

Mum is quite pragmatic about it all. I have to say I feel fairly confident about the outcome, if a little anxious. But it has to be done and quite soon. She is very anaemic and that has to be dealt with initially but the operation should take place within the next few weeks.

21 comments:

Mara said...

I hope everything goes well for your Mum. Keep us updated please!

jabblog said...

I'm sorry to hear this and hope all goes well for your mother. It sounds as though she's in good hands.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

SJA: I'm so sorry to hear about your mum. She seems to be a very capable lady. My fingers (and everything) are crossed for you, her and all the family. Hugs Hxx

Pam said...

Oh Anne I'm so sorry. She sounds like a strong and very healthy woman, so I'm hoping the operation goes well and she makes a quick recovery. X

joo said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mum Anne!
Will keep my fingers crossed for you and yours.
Hugs

Ladybird World Mother said...

Oh, Anne... all my love to you and your mum... keep us posted on all that is happening. xxx

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Mara - thank you, I will keep you posted.

jabblog - We are feeling fairly confident. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

Hadriana - thank you for your kind thoughts.

Pam - thank you too for your good wishes. She is very strong - all should be well.

Joo - thank you for your good wishes I do appreciate it.

LWM - I will keep you updated as and when. I really appreciate your good wishes on Mum's behalf.

Wanda said...

Will say prayers for your mum!

I trust all will go well, with a very successful outcome.

Janna Qualman said...

I'm so sorry. I can think of fewer things that are harder than watching a parent suffer. Wishing her (and you) the best.

Have found you through the magic of links. Love that big slab of bread! And the jam has my mouth watering.

Greatma said...

May the operation go well, and be a success!!!!!!!!
Thoughts are with you!! Antique Rose

Maggie May said...

I am really sorry. Life seems to be a bummer, it really does and I do hope she can beat the beast.
Hang in there and hope that everything goes well.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

So sorry to hear this. It's always a worry even when things are straightforward. Lots of good wishes winging your way to help you cope and support your mum.

EG Wow said...

Oh dear! I hope your mother will be fine. Operations are NEVER fun.

Jay said...

Oh, I am sorry to hear that. Not nice news at all, and yes, she is unlucky to get it twice! :(

I know that bowel cancer is one of the more treatable cancers. A cousin of OH's had it, and it went untreated for 18mths while the doc told her she was anaemic, she had post viral syndrome, she was depressed, she was stressed .. blah blah. But even after all that time, she had the op and is clear.

I do hope all goes well for your Mum! And hugs to both of you.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Wanda - I do appreciate your kind thoughts.

Janna - Good to hear from you and thank you.

Greatma - thank you for your good wishes.

Maggie - I know you know what we are going through, thanks you for your good wishes. It means a lot.

Addie - thank you so much for your good wishes, I really appreciate it.

EG WOw - thank you so much.

Jay - thank you for your good wishes - we are confident all will be well.

Hildred and Charles said...

I have just, five minuts ago, received word from a nephew that my SIL has done well with a bowel cancer operation this morning - she is 84. I do wish your mother the same great success and a quick recovery, Anne. x

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Hildred and Charles - that certainly is very good news and thank you for your words of support. I wish your SIL all the very best in her continuing recovery. A x

Gill - That British Woman said...

sending you mum healing thoughts from Canada......

Gill in Canada

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Gill - thank you - I really appreciate your good wishes.

Deb said...

hope everything goes well with your Mom..best wishes to you and your family...

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Deb - thank you so much.