So devastating that it has taken me an entire week to actually sit down and share the news of my mom Sharon's relapse with you. Each day I've had the goal of writing a post but I've found myself tired and void of extra time and energy.
This morning isn't much different but I'm finding it helpful to click the keys and share what's going on - what's on my heart.
Here's the bottom line.
My mothers leukemia has returned. It doesn't look good.
Relapse in Acute Myleogenous Leukemia is common however we were hoping Sharon would fall outside statistical lines and have many more years of living. She responded favorably to treatment and has rebuilt her system with nutritional supplements. She looks great and she feels great. If you saw her you would never guess that she is a terminal patient. (picture taken with Carissa Christmas Day 2009)
If you want to understand Sharon's disease here is a short tutorial from marrow.org.
- "Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. In AML, the bone marrow makes many unformed cells called blasts. Blasts normally develop into white blood cells that fight infection. However, the blasts are abnormal in AML. They do not develop and cannot fight infections. The bone marrow may also make abnormal red blood cells and platelets. The number of abnormal cells (or leukemia cells) grows quickly. They crowd out the normal red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets the body needs
Hours later my brother sat by her side while Dr. V shared the harrowing realities and outlined her options.
Unfortunately options are limited.
Sharon has also consulted with the head physician at City of Hope, the Bone Marrow Transplantation Center in Phoenix, AZ. His assessment, while delivered with honest professionalism, was sobering.
A sobering confirmation of the devastating news.
For now we are awaiting extensive test results from a lab in California. Also, on Tuesday (January 26th) Sharon will have a bone marrow biopsy. The combination of these test results will better equip her Doctor about her condition. In light of this information my mom will evaluate and ultimately decide her treatment plan.
Her decision is pivotal. We all agree that her decision about treatment is hers. No one can make this decision for her. She has to own the decision and live and die the decision. literally.
So, along with our family, will you please join us in praying for my Mom Sharon?Please Pray:
- Sharon is able to discern God's voice and direction well.
- That Sharon experiences peace about her decision and treatment plan.
- For clear test results and wisdom for Dr. V and the medical team
- That our family would know how to best love and support Sharon through this health crisis
- That our family, in the bigger sense would walk through this trial well
- For Sharon's dreams to be made possible - for her wish to be to travel with our family to Disneyland, for a family reunion and for other special memory trips