Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blue


Loving the beautiful Clematis in our backyard. Usually, such a pretty flower would put a big smile on my face, but I am feeling very blue. You see, my dear sweet mother is ill.

Very ill. She made it through breast cancer, mastectomy, chemo and radiation in 2001,
and now the cancer is back.

Already we know it is in her lungs and her spine. More tests are being done to determine if it has spread elsewhere and just what type of cancer she has. She has had a terrible cough for a few months now, is very tired and has no appetite. The doc said she's lost 20 pounds in the last year -- actually I think it's more like she's lost it in the last 3 months. She seems smaller and more frail every time I see her. We don't live in the same city, and I've been so worried about her (and about my Dad too actually). My twin sister lives there though and has been a tremendous help in taking her to appointments, talking to the docs, keeping me and the rest of us siblings (all 6) updated. I will be forever grateful to her for taking this on, as I know it is not an easy task. I talk to my Mom every night and she sounded like she felt a teensy bit better last night. My heart breaks to have her so ill and suffering, but she has been a real trooper.

If you happen to the praying type, I would reallly appreciate a quick prayer for her
and send some good thoughts our way.

36 comments:

Kate said...

So sorry Jan...my heart breaks for you all. Praying and keeping you all in my thoughts!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

Oh dear, Jan. I am so terribly sorry. You got prayers coming your way.

Lea
xo

Jodee Leader said...

Jan -- I am so sorry to hear that your sweet Mom is sick again. I am sure Al is taking good care of her. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Courtney said...

So sorry to hear about your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Laurie said...

Sorry to hear your news. I will lift up your mom, and your entire family, in prayer.

Kam said...

So, so sorry. I will pray, I promise. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

this soudns too familiar. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family.

Nancy said...

Thinking of you and your family.

Kristin said...

I am so sorry to read this. We will be thinking of all of you but especially your mom.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I had no idea Janet....I am so sorry to hear about your Mom!! I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers!!

Lisa

Dawn said...

Oh Jan I am so sorry to hear about your Mom...sending prayers your way~

Super Mommy said...

{{{Hugs}}} to you Janet - I am so sorry to hear about your dear mother. Please know I will be prayer for her (and you).

Kim said...

Janet, I'm so sorry to read about your mom. Please know I will lift you all up in prayer.

Praying for peace & comfort and sending you a hug.

Kim

Natalie said...

Hi Jan!!
I feel so sad for you and will most definitely keep your entire family and especially your mother in my prayers.
The blue flowers are beautiful and remind me of Psalms 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Hugs to you my friend
Natalie

Shari said...

Jan- I am so sorry about your mom!! I am hear for you if you need anything!! Anytime!!! I will be thinking and praying for your mom and your family!

Kim said...

Jan I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Of course your whole family will be in our prayers. Take care!

Kim

Margaret M said...

Consider it done. We will keep your Mom in our prayers, as well as, you and all of your family. Cancer is heart breaking. Prayer can do so much more than medicine though (and my brother's an oncologist)! Thinking and praying for you all!

mommy24treasures said...

oh I am so sorry to hear about your dear mother, I will certainly say a prayer for her this very minute.

Erin said...

Janet, I am so very sorry. I am thinking of you, and praying for your family. Your mother must feel very fulfilled and blessed to have such a loving family.

Donna said...

Oh Janet, I'm so sorry about your mom. I know it must be so hard to be so far away while she is going through this. Your family is definitely in our prayers.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh, Janet... I am so very sorry. You and your mom are in my prayers.

Lucy said...

Dear Jan,
I'm so sorry to hear this! I can't imagine how hard this is on you and all of your family. I'm one of 6 too and I know what a tremendous amount of support you have with such a big family. It sounds like you guys are all hanging in there together. Please keep us posted and know my thoughts are with you.
Lucy

Gail said...

I know this has to be so difficult for you all. I'm praying for your mother and entire family.

hugs to you Janet,

Gail

Dawn said...

Thinking of you today~

Casey said...

I am so very sorry to hear this news. I am the praying type and I will be praying for her. And you. And your whole family.

Take it one step/ treatment at a time. And keep those phone calls coming. I bet there is nothing like hearing her little girl's voice to lift her spirits. She kicked it once.... I'm praying she beats it again. Much Peace, Jan.

Jill and Rick said...

Oh Janet, I'm so sorry. I will pray for your mother and father and you girls too.

Rick's Dad is currently battling lung cancer and we've been blessed with some extra quality time, thanks to his chemotherapy. I'll pray for the same for your family.

Jill

Sue said...

You family and mother are in our prayers.

Sue

Laura L. said...

Janet,
I am so sorry to hear of this. I am the praying type, and I will pray for your mom and family.

What a beautiful clematis flower. Gorgeous!

Kimi said...

Oh my goodness, I am so very sorry! I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Kim

Felicia said...

Jan, I'm so sorry. There is power in prayer and I'm praying for your mom and family.

You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs!

Kerry said...

Oh Jan. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs sweet friend.
Kerry

Bridget said...

Hi Janet -
So behind in blogging and am just catching up and checking in. I was so sorry to hear about your mom. I too believe in the power of prayer and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and hang in there!

~ Bridget

Jennifer said...

Jan~I am catching up on your blog and so sorry to read about your Mom being sick.

My thoughts and paryers are with you in these hard times.

Jen

Heather said...

Oh Janet, I am so incredibly sorry for this news. I am heading straight back to my blog to add your sweet mama to my prayer chain and to begin my prayer circle praying for her and your dad.

Please let us know what is happening and hwo we can lift you and your family.

Much love and many hugs!
Heather

Ivy said...

Of course Jan I will send good thoughts and prayers your way. Gee I didn't know because I haven't been blogging for a while.

Keeping your family in my thoughts!

Ivy

Seattlemom said...

I am so so sorry to read about this. Keeping her close in my prayers.
Jill