Thanks to all of you who have been praying regarding my Mom, Cecilia (Cele for short), and her battle with cancer. Here’s an update. I’m afraid the news isn’t good. She had her PET scan last Sunday. The cancer is in her lungs and lymph nodes. The oncologist is estimating that without chemo, she has perhaps six months to live. If she takes chemo, she could add two or three months, but that’s about it. As if that weren’t bad enough, she’s got other health problems–osteoporosis, stress fractures, chronic back pain, muscle spasms, and deteriorating vision, to name a few–that would make chemotherapy even more difficult than it normally is. She hasn’t made any decision yet, but my brothers and sisters tell me she’s leaning toward taking no treatment because chemo would be an awful lot of discomfort for very little benefit. The kids will do everything we can to make her remaining time as comfortable as possible and will spend as much time with her as we can. One of my brothers and I are going up to visit her next weekend.
I am holding up fairly well by leaning on family and friends here in town and in other places that I stay in touch with by telephone. I’m very blessed to be part of a close-knit family. When there’s a crisis like this, we rally and support each other. I must confess I’m having a hard time praying about this because I don’t know what to pray for. I don’t want my mother to die, but I don’t want her to linger and suffer needlessly, and I don’t want to oppose God’s will. Please pray for Mom and for the whole family.