They said, "We caught it just in time. Amputation should do the trick."
We said, "Thank you. Our mother means so much to us."
I had a nightmare. Mother in a casket, son asking, "Where's Mom-Mom going?"
I said, "I don't think they're telling us everything."
My brother agreed.
She said, "I have bad news and I didn't want to spoil your weekend. I have cancer in my lungs."
They said, "We don't know how we missed the lesions on her lung, we'll need to do more chemo."
We said, "We need to know everything, we need to be aggressive."
They said, "Sarcomas are tricky. There's not much research about them because they're so rare. We're just trying our best and experimenting as we go."
We said, "It's better to know what we're up against than not."
They said, "Her lung has collapsed and is almost full of cancer."
We said, "We'll call the Southern Branch of the family. They need to know."
The Priest said, "I can't administer this rite to a non-Catholic unless you ask for it."
She said, "Please."
They said, "We're making headway. The breathing passage is opening, but her chest is still filling with cancer. We can only do so much radiation at a time."
We said, "Be as aggressive as possible."
They said, "The problem she's having swallowing is because of a tumor in her brain. We think we can get it."
He said, "Don't rush down here. Everyone has this type of brain cancer. They feel certain they can get rid of it."
They said, "Two weeks off of radiation is standard procedure."
We said, "The doctors should know..."
He said, "She's having trouble with her balance. She seems confused."
They said, "Bring her in, there may be bleeding on the brain."
They said, "The brain cancer has spread to her brain stem. Soon she won't be able to breathe on her own. She has less than I month to live."
He said, "I'm sorry to tell you this, but you wanted to know everything as I know it. She'll go to hospice because that's the procedure when someone's dying of cancer."
I said, "How will I explain this to my three year old son who loves her so much...?"
Sorry, it's been on my mind a lot. I'll be traveling down to see her soon. I can't imagine it'll be for the last time...