Long Awaited Update

  Yes, it’s true, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. The last time I wrote I spoke of the possibility of my mom having cancer and that she was going in for surgery and I was packing to go be with her. That was almost eight weeks ago!

  To give you an update on her, she does have cancer… ovarian at a stage IIIC and pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). When the doctor came and briefed the family about the surgery, he said on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst… my mom’s cancer is at a 9. It has touched every organ in her abdominal cavity and due to the PMP it will never go away. On top of chemo (she’s had her first one… five to go) she’ll have to have several surgeries to debulk the tumor as it grows and during the surgery they’ll do a two hour chemo bath. Between all that, she’s doing surprisingly well although I know I’ll never have my “old” mom back. The news of the cancer has aged her and her speech is significantly slowed due to medication. I supposed I’m just being selfish and should enjoy the time I have with her… although we are miles apart.

On a lighter note, my son is now 8 months old and crusing his way to 9. He has mastered crawling and creeping and has made my husband and I very aware of how unbaby friendly it really is. While “little” and I were in Colorado my husband had the job of baby proofing the cabinets and drawers and to try and figure out how to hide the cords that “little” desperately loves. Unfortunately, due to living in base housing, that wasn’t an option. Now that we are home I’m constantly running around chasing him or trying to find him. Yes, I’ve lost “little” in our house. He had crawled behind our couch which sits against a wall. I had to yell for my husband for back up search and rescue because I couldn’t find him… luckily the more I called his name the more upset he got and started crying. We are making a trip to a city this weekend to pick up baby gates!!

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be starting school again in the fall. I was accepted to the university I wanted and will start taking two classes this coming semester. Although I have numerous forms to fill out and am waiting on pins and needles as to what daycare “little” will be attending, I’m still very excited to get back into the swing of school and work towards my career.

Although all of you would rater see some pictures, per Wendy’s request 😉 I seem to be having an issue with getting them to appear in my post and I have a little guy who didn’t want to nap for long (Mommy pulling hair out and screaming… AHHHHH!!!) so pictures will have to wait until another time!


5 Responses

  1. Kateen,

    My heart goes out to you. My mother battled cancer for 18 months. It was one of the most difficult things to deal with. She was my best friend and there was nothing I could do. We were stationed in Guam when she found out, it was liver cancer in stage III. Enjoy every minute you can with her! Take lots of pictures of “little” with her!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you!! If you need to talk… I would love to listen!!!!


  2. Katee,

    My heart also goes out to you. I will keep your family in my prayers. I always think of my parents being almost invincible and when they do get sick or ill it is really a reality check. We don’t ever know how much time we have on this earth and it’s important to tell the people we love how much they mean to us.

    On a different note…

    Congrats on getting accepting into school! That is SUCH wonderful news. Part of being the best mom, wife and daughter is taking care of ourselves. You might not feel like it, but you are certainly an inspiration.

    I have to say the crawling / almost walking stage is one of my absolute favorite stages! I have photos of my son at about 3 standing on the back of the couch (which was up against a wall) playing a plastic garden rake like a guitar refusing to get down…..so I hate to say they only get more mobile! Im winded just thinking about all the chasing around I did! 😉

    Thanks for the update, I’ll keep praying for your mom……..and I can wait for the photos. 😉

  3. I’m thinking of you and your mom. This has got to be tough.

  4. Dear Kateen,
    You don’t know me, but I have a google alert for the term Pseudomyxoma and I try to communicate with everyone who has the disease as my way of advocating therapy for the disease. I was diagnosed only 6 months ago but would advise you to see a PMP specialist (only a few exist). A specialist is not someone who has done a few surgeries. They have to have a few hundreds patients to qualify as specialist. My unsolicited advice is to go to http://www.pmpawareness.com and subscribe to bellybuttonclub a yahoo group. I am so grateful for the group and the website for finding a specialist and dealing with this diseaes. PMP could be curable if the surgeon handelign the debulking and heated chemo is a specialist. Please take your mom’s records to one.

    I hope you find the strength and the peace to be there for your mother and to fight this beast.


  5. Oh Kateen,

    I am sending you my thoughts and prayers. I can not understand completely but I can try. I have lost both of my parents and I am 28, at 26 my best friend my mother died. I am blessed to have my husband who is my strength and support with the greatest blessings of Jesus in my life. I am so excited for you with school and hope that you enjoy that chapter of you life just as “little” and your husband fulfills you don’t forget to take time for yourself. Please let us know how we can help, we are here for you. In God’s love.

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