Tuesday, July 26, 2011
does it ever get easier
My mom has had quite a few good days in the past few. She has an amazingly positive outlook. Most of her phrases have been "I need to do this now because when I start treatment". We got the path report back last week and it is bad. She has stage IV glioblastoma (the same form of brain tumor Ted Kennedy had) and in fact they have the same surgeon at Duke. However, Sunday she asked me her life expectancy. I didn't hear her at first so I asked her again what she had said and she responded with "how long do they think I have before I die". What is the right response to that? I answered her by telling her that we wouldn't know anything until her follow-up appointment at Duke Friday. I still can't believe this is my life.