When you feel like you can do nothing, do something ANYWAY!
What do you do when cancer comes to your home?
2020 was a difficult year but more so because we lost my Mom to lung cancer. I am grateful we could all be with her and keep her home with us so she would not have to be alone in a hospital.
I thought I would know what to do to have the right resources to keep her comfortable. But I learned that cancer does not care about what you learn and what drugs you have. I had many doubts about what we were doing -- is it enough? I made charts for me and family of when to take what medication. We made mistakes. We joked and laughed with her until she didn't do that anymore. I lost it more than once frustrated with myself and God that we could not keep her pain-free. Hospice suggested 24-hour care and that was hundreds of pounds taken off our shoulders so we could concentrate more on holding her, talking, playing her favorite music. Eventually we saw her take her last breath.
I have been angry. I have mourned. I remembered to pray again. I have been grateful to have had her for so many years in my life. I think about sending her a picture of a cool flower or calling her when I can't remember how to cook something....
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