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In April of 2019 my mom was having trouble holding items in her right hand. She was dropping her mascara, utensils, pens, and no feeling to the little pinches my dad was doing to her arm. This was very concerning so reached out to her Dr. immediately. An emergency MRI was ordered and that's when a small mass was discovered on her left frontal lobe. This day changed our lives forever.
My mom was diagnosed with GBM- Glioblastoma, the most common type of brain tumor. Her prognosis was grim but if you know my mom, she's vibrant and was a healthy woman who just retired from Real Estate. Her and my dad were looking forward to planning their days together traveling cross-country to see her brothers in their RV and spending quality time together. After the tumor was removed at Barrow's my mom was brought into recovery. Because of where the tumor was located, it left her with little mobility on the right side, We were told this would improve over time with PT and OT. With her team of Dr’s and the love from family and friends we were hopeful she would make a full recovery.
After being released from the hospital she started chemo and radiation, however a few weeks into treatment she developed a fever. Dr's couldn't figure out where it was coming from and the decision was made to see if the infection was coming from the tumor site. Good news, no infection was found, and the cavity looked good, but she never fully recovered from that surgery. Her mobility and speech worsened and has never been the same since.
August of 2019; her husband of 40 years (Norman Meyer) suddenly passed away from a heart attacks while she was in the hospital. This was as devastating news and the hardest part for her was she couldn’t communicate her pain. She couldn’t cry or speak. She had to suffer from complete heartache in silence. The road to recovery didn’t look good and the Dr’s became concerned she was giving up on life and suggested hospice. We didn’t know what to do, so we joined Hospice of the Valley and they were wonderful. They walked us through all the steps and what to expect towards end of life. We were there day and night, taking shifts, making sure she was never alone, and then a miracle happened. We took her off all medication just to see what would happen and her brother Nick came to visit us in Hospice to say his goodbye’s. The day he arrived was life changing for everyone. After weeks of being unresponsive to human contacts, she opened her eyes and started crying. She started releasing all the emotional pain she had been carrying, she was responsive to our voices, she wanted to sit up and shortly after that was n a wheelchair and we were heading home. I will never forget those days; it was a true gift from God. God was not ready for her and she had more to do here on earth. I call her my earth Angel.
Today, two years in of her diagnosis she is going strong. She still can’t move the right side of her body and her communication is limited but she has learned ways to communicate and she is so funny! She makes us laugh every day. She loves watching murder mystery shows and boxing. Maybe it’s the fighter in her! My mom Kathy continues to amaze all of us with her joyful spirit and attitude towards her situation that will never be forgotten.
Thank you for all your Support,
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