Jan. 14th, 2012 @ 08:42 am Another update about life
So, it's been a long time since I've posted, and I hope my friends will understand why I've been so detached after I explain a few things.

Some of you may know that my mother has cancer and she's been in and out of treatment for two years now. Well, it's a little more complicated now. This isn't just cancer, it's an aggressive melanoma. Yeah, that's skin cancer, but it's one of the most dangerous kinds 'cause it can go anywhere...

And now it's in her brain. Three weeks ago, she had one tumor removed from her brain, and there's another one they were going to try to get with radiation.

However, when they did the full body CT-scan and MRI, they found that her lymph system still had a tumor in it, and that one was growing again. So, she's in for chemo this week - a combination of a traditional chemo-therapy drug, the IL2 treatments she'd been having, and I think two other cancer drugs. After that, it's another week in rehab, then possibly radiation, and all this time she needs 24-7 supervision because her skull hasn't healed yet from the first surgery.

I'm trying to be optimistic at this point because A) they're going after it and they haven't put her into hospice yet. And B) because I need to be. She's in Chicago. I'm in St. Paul, I can't afford gas and groceries, let alone going to visit her now. So, she needs to get better!

Anyway, that's why I'm gone. I can't really focus on fantasy right now with reality slapping me in the face every day. My grand plan this year was to sell one of my dolls to go to Leaky Con, but at this point if I can sell him, it'll be to go visit mom.


Not sure if I can face Livejournal yet to post this there. I should get to work.
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Date: January 14th, 2012 - 09:53 pm
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Oh, hell... You've really been having a time of it, poor thing. :(

I'm sorry to hear of this. Do you have a place you are accepting donations for a "visit Mom" fund?
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Date: January 14th, 2012 - 10:37 pm
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I don't really. It's been such a struggle to survive with me these days. Cutback on hours at work, increase in power bills, increase in medication costs, etc.

Right now, I can barely figure out dinner tonight and make plans for laundry tomorrow.
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Date: January 15th, 2012 - 01:52 am
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Also, it isn't the cost of going, although I don't have the money for that, either. It's taking time off of work. With short hours and no freelance work coming in, I have to work every shift I can get.
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Date: January 15th, 2012 - 08:51 pm
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I've been keeping you and your mother in my thoughts.