At age 90, finding out you’ve got an aggressive rare cancer (stage 4), moving from one assisted living apartment to another one several states away with a husband who has dementia and congestive heart failure–that’s a lot to take in, but mom’s doing it. She comes from pioneer stock to be sure.
In the past month, mom and dad moved from their assisted living apartment in Sanford, NC to their new assisted living apartment in Chelsea, Michigan to be near family for mom’s remaining weeks or months. The surgeon removed a third of her colon and discovered that it had spread to her abdominal cavity. She was hopeful that she could do chemotherapy but was recently informed that chemo was not recommended in her case. She’s taking it like a trooper but confessed she wishes she had a couple more years. Her family does too. Her kids are heading to Michigan this weekend to celebrate her 90th birthday. Dad turns 87 in August so we’ll be celebrating his birthday too.
The video below was made last year when mom was released for a few hours from the rehab hospital where she was recovering from a stroke. My sister Diane and I were visiting and clearing out their home of 24 years so they could move into assisted living in Sanford, North Carolina. She has a missing tooth (it broke when she bit into a biscotti biscuit she received in a birthday basket—tough luck!). Other than that, she looks pretty good for 88 don’t you think. This little snippet is so funny – she has an infectious laugh and sense of humor.
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