Sues a SURVIVOR
Organized by: Lauren Beery
My mother Sue has been fighting cancer since I can remember. I was 16 years old when cancer struck our family. Breast cancer. She beat it in 99, chemo, the whole shebang. In 2011, she thought she had bronchitis, she decided to go to the doctor and BANG, IT WAS LUNG CANCER. (Let me tell you now, she has NEVER smoked a day in her 59 years of life). She then had surgery to remove part of her lung. She was just beginning to enjoy life again, not scared of the "C" word anymore. Sept 2012, the doctors she was seeing took her port out because her CT was clear! All looked good. November of 2012 she was diagnosed with LUNG CANCER again.....IT WAS BACK! :( We were all in complete shock. Questions......but they just took her port out, we thought all was good? Her port was back in, and she was again getting chemo after chemo treatment, once again. We will fast forward to 2014. She has since then retired, and has done some things she loves doing until her body just tells her no.....she has always loved cooking, baking, the cool breeze of Fall weather. 2015 was a rough year, still battling lung cancer and treatments, trying to run a household, and just daily life. My parents tried to go on vacation, but BANG, my dad had to have emergency eye surgery and they had to come home. She has since then not been able to go far from home. 2016: January, still fighting with chemo treatments, and radiation. February: she goes in thinking all is ok, but is told she has only 6 more months to live. We were devastated. March goes by, April comes and goes. May we celebrate my brother and nephews birthdays. June: She wakes up one morning and cannot walk. From her waist down she has NO FEELING. My dad calls 911 and she is transported by ambulance to the hospital. She then gets an mri done, and is told there is a tumor by her spine. She then had an intensive 7-8 hour surgery to remove the tumor. The doctor said she had done well. She then went to a rehab facility and learned how to walk with a walker. She had been in rehab for 2 weeks. She got to go home, and thought all was well....... she and my dad celebrate their Anniversary. JULY, my girls and I are out for summer break, and are trying to help my parents with their daily life chores. Cooking dinner is a chore anymore. :( She was STILL in so much pain, but kept on going. AUGUST: This was the 6 month mark. It came and went! She's still here!!! She is a miracle! SEPTEMBER: She is in so much pain, thinking it's from the surgery she had in June, taking medicine to try to relieve the pain everyday......still trying to live a "normal" life for the sake of us, and my dad. She didn't get out of bed for 2 days, and was hardly eating anything by this point. I went over to help during the day, my dad was working at home that day, and she had an upcoming doctors appt that same week on Thurs. She told my dad she was in so much pain that she needed to go to the hospital. So, Wed night she goes to the crowded E.R. and waits her turn to be seen. Her legs were going numb again. They did an mri at 11:00 Friday night and the results were in Sat morning. There was A NEW TUMOR ON HER SPINAL CORD. She was in SHOCK, I don't think any of us had expected this slap in the face so soon after she just had surgery in June. We thought all was good once again, but cancer has a way of sneaking in whenever and wherever it wants at any age. I am asking for help from all of you to buy my mother a hospital bed for home. My dad is working his tail off night and day trying to go to work, and keep up with bills, and dogs, and going to the rehab center to spend time with my mom. She deserves a NICE Bed to sleep in. If this is all I can ever give back to her for all that she gave me as a child, and gives us now, well then, it's totally worth it. She has been through enough.....a good night sleep isn't too much to ask for is it? She has been through more than what 1 person should EVER have to endure. Please help me to get her a new bed that she can use while she regains strength. Thank you, and God bless you all.