Part 2 (metastatic breast cancer)

My mom was in remission for 13 years. My dad fell sick with spinal cancer a few years after my mom left for treatment. Since after my mom left he wasn’t apart of my life; I only saw him twice just before he’s death. I was in my early teens. I left to leave with my mom in 2010 and attended high school. September 2013 my mom went to her six annual check up which wasn’t what we expected. The skin on her breast was like an orange, she was sent to do a biopsy. A couple days after doing the biopsy we got a call that the cancer had returned in both breast. Also known as metastatic breast cancer (Its also called stage 4 or advanced breast cancer). Knowing that I lose my dad to cancer I didn’t know how to feel or what to do.

She had 15 rounds of strong chemotherapy for a period of 3 weeks. After her chemo treatment she had bilateral surgery (Surgical operations performed on both left and right part of the body at the same time) late October. The surgery was very successful. I cried so much during this time, especially seeing my mom on the hospital bed in ICU. My high school class friends visited my mom a couple of times which I was thankful for. I got very depressed during this time. I use to question God on why this was happening to us especially my mom. My life was in a dark place, it was very painful. I always took Benadryl and NyQuil to numb the pain everyday. The people I once thought were my friends were the ones laughing at me, turning me down, ignoring me and telling me things like ‘nobody wants to hear about your sad stories’. I isolated my self, never liked going outside unless it’s for school or to run errands. Nobody knows what you’re going through until they go through the same or even worse.

When my moms surgical wounds were cured she had to undergo 6 rounds of radiation therapy (It is used to destroy cancer cells and or tumors that have spread to the other parts of the body, also reducing the risk of cancer re occurrence). My mom didn’t like the radiation because it burnt her skin causing blisters. On this post I attached a picture after surgery and a picture of the first day radiation therapy.

To be continued…. 03/27/2019

5 thoughts on “Part 2 (metastatic breast cancer)

  1. Tricia this is so emotional and I’m so sorry at such a tender age you had to carry such enormous burden!You are a strong and courageous young lady and you are going to be blessed abundantly because of all the tender loving care that you show your mom.You are her pillar of strength and I admire you for that!

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