Wednesday, June 8, 2016
If you have followed my blog for a while, you might remember that Terry's niece beat her battle with Cancer. She went through hell. I never shared the depth of her story of a doctor that prescribed an incorrect treatment that almost killed her and was destroying her heart. Luckily she consulted another doctor and she is now cancer free.
So after all that, you would think that when her mother Marcella (Terry's sister) discovered last October a lump under her arm she would have rushed to the doctor to have it checked out. No. I guess that is where denial comes in.
Marcella has been through a lot in the last three years. Her husband suffered a heart attack and died while shoveling snow three winters ago. Last year her daughter went through cancer treatment. Last year Terry's father discovered three cancer's and has had treatment. Even though he was given three months to live he has been fighting and surviving.
The lump under Marcella's arm continued to grow and she finally broke down and saw a doctor. I'll skip forward in the story to what is currently going on. When they diagnosed the cancer about 5 weeks ago, it was determined to be Stage II. From then to today it is Stage IV. Her cancer is fast growing and aggressive. Two lumps in her breast that spread to her lymph nodes. Now they found the breast cancer has spread to her lungs. They say it is not lung cancer, but that her cancer is the kind that travels and hides and waits to grow. The cancer on her lung cannot be killed. It can only be stopped from growing. She will have to continually have CT scans to be sure it does not travels to her kidneys, liver or stomach or anywhere else. She is having chemo to stop it from growing and will then have surgery.
I can't tell you how much I love Marcella. She became so special to me when she helped me through the worst time of my life when most of Terry's family abandoned or ignored me.
Please don't be in denial. Don't even get to that point. BE PROACTIVE. Get the tests before you suspect. So many people love you so much. Maybe even a few care more than you could suspect.