I just wanted to do another update on my mom since I know she has been in your thoughts and prayers. She IS normal again and the mom I've always known. It is good to have her back. The doctors gave back her driving privileges and she has been riding her bicycle 17 miles a day as she has most of her life.
Despite this, as we waited in the little room in the hospital post MRI, we were all nervous about what the doctor might tell us this time. The last two MRI's have been bad news, the first that the cancer was back and then promptly removed via surgery and the second that it was back again and this time not operable. This time however, the doctor told us there was no new growth of the tumor and that the swelling which had been so bad it had shoved the right side of her brain into the left side, showed no signs of being present at all. We were all much relieved at the news.
The tumor is still there and hasn't shrunk even with the chemo that mom is taking orally, but it hasn't grown in the last two months. For me, it feels as if we've gotten a reprieve and mom gets to enjoy the summer with my daughters. This spring, I didn't think she would make it to swimming lessons in June and here the lessons are less than a week away.
So we celebrated the good news by stopping for a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant about half way home where our paths depart as I head home and they go back to the farm. It was a quiet celebration with just the three of us but I hope to make up for that with the added time.