Sad news, it's gonna be a rough year

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Tala, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Some of you may remember me posting in the fall about my mom having speech problems. She had some doctors appointments at the best hospital in the state in December, but I didn't hear any updates over the holidays.
    Thursday night she dropped the bomb on us. They have diagnosed her with ALS. A progressive, degenerative neurological disorder, for which there is very little treatment and no cure. They gave her 2-5 years.
    It means that your nerves quit working, so you can't move your muscles, eventually you can't breathe. When it affects your tongue/throat, speech and swallowing is extremely difficult. There is a major risk of choking, even on your own saliva, and malnutrition/starving. She has already lost weight.

    This is worse than I ever expected. At least if she had cancer there would be treatment options. This is just depressing no matter how you look at it. [​IMG]

    Within the next year I expect her to need care, or at least "watching." I expect that I will probably have to move back in with her. The good news is that they have 10 acres so all my animals can move with me, the bad news is that none of it is fenced. This will be problematic for hubby's job situation, so I have no idea how that will play out. My 22 year old sister is making major changes in the plans she had made. She was applying with an international accounting firm, now she's planning to stay VERY local, and planning to up her wedding date considerably. It is possible that we could be planning mom's funeral before my 16 year old sister graduates high school, but I sure hope not!!!

    I seriously doubt mom will get better, but maybe you could pray that she won't get worse. If you would pray for all of us as we go through this! [​IMG] Mom has been crying all day, and the rest of us sisters aren't much better off.
     
  2. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    Oh dear.. I am so, so sorry: hugs I will be praying for you and her, and your entire family!! I lost my mother July 28th from cancer.. She had treatment options, and they killed the cancer.. Unfortunately, it also severely damaged her liver. She made it barely a week once they discovered the damage.. She was fine, then 6 days later... Gone.
    I wish her the absolute best. And hope and pray that God will help you find your way through all of this.. Many, many [​IMG] and prayers headed your way.
     
  3. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

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  4. X2Farm

    X2Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Homer, GA
    [​IMG] and prayers for yall, hoping she stays stable, and yall can make some kinda peace with it all [​IMG]
     
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Ms.FuzzyButts :

    Oh dear.. I am so, so sorry: hugs I will be praying for you and her, and your entire family!! I lost my mother July 28th from cancer.. She had treatment options, and they killed the cancer.. Unfortunately, it also severely damaged her liver. She made it barely a week once they discovered the damage.. She was fine, then 6 days later... Gone.
    I wish her the absolute best. And hope and pray that God will help you find your way through all of this.. Many, many [​IMG] and prayers headed your way.

    Oh man, that's gotta suck. Just when you thought she was doing better!! [​IMG]
    What I was trying to say, was with treatment options at least you can hold out some hope. With this, there's feeding tubes and breathing masks, but basically you get to sit back and watch her body fail. [​IMG]
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Oh Gosh. Tala.. I'm so so very sorry. How heartbreaking.. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I'm sorry Tala.

    Imp
     
  8. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry to hear! [​IMG] Don't think there is no hope though, there is always hope... http://gerson.org/
     
  9. RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather

    RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aloha,

    So sorry to hear about that. [​IMG] Your family are in my prayers and I commend you for doing what you have to do to care for her.
     
  10. K9Carrie

    K9Carrie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh Tala,

    So sorry to hear the news. We will be praying for you and your family from here in California. Sending you a thousand hugs and daily prayers!! [​IMG]

    Carrie
     

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