The Starfish Project

The combined effort of our whole family.

Update on Mom (10/20/08)

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Sorry it’s been so long since I wrote an update on Mom.  Life has just been busy for everyone lately.  So, I thought I would bring everyone up-to-date.

I saw Mom and Dad last night.  Mom looked just great.  She is much stronger and more vibrant than she was a month ago when she first started on the Vitamin C IVs.  Her energy is really good and she just looks great.

She had a couple of episodes of coughing up large chunks of blood clots and tissue last week.  They were quite large and a little freaky for her.  However, from the research I did online last week, that is an encouraging sign for her.  Most likely, it was her tumor either (1) pulling away from the wall of her lung as it shrinks and causing some bleeding (which is forming clots) or (2) it is the tumor breaking up and she’s coughing up parts of it.   Fortunately, it happened when Mom was at the doctor’s office this week, so her doctor took one of the chunks and is having it analyzed to see exactly what it is.  I think it shook her up a little bit, but I asked Mom how she’s feeling.  She said she’s feeling great.  I told her not to worry about it then.  If she were declining, I would be concerned it was something else.  But, since she’s feeling so great – and improving by the day, I think it’s a good sign.

Mom has discovered the wonderful world of Amy’s organic frozen foods.  It’s nice that there are some options for her so Dad doesn’t have to cook every meal.  For those who are interested, Walmart was $2.50, while Sprouts was $4.99.  Half price!!  So, if you’re looking for convenient organic frozen entrees – Walmart now offers it (at least at our store).

Mom was telling me tonight that although she’s made so many dietary changes, she hasn’t lost any weight, while Dad has lost about 18 pounds.  I told her I thought it was a good thing.  We really don’t want her to lose any weight.  She looks radiant and healthy.  We like her that way.  🙂

Well, I guess that’s it for this update.  Mom is doing fantastic!  In fact, I think she has more energy than she has had in years.  You would never look at her and think she’s battling cancer on the inside.  You would think she looks like a healthy, vibrant, and very attractive Grandma (which she is).

As always, thank you all so much for your prayers, comments, and good thoughts coming our way.  It means so much to our family to know there are people out there standing in faith with us for Mom’s healing.


Written by Tracey

October 20, 2008 at 5:03 am

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  1. Well, since Tracey told you about me spitting up blood, I thought you’d be interested in the lab results. Here’s what it said:

    Bronchus, expectoration:
    Epithelial atypia (See Note).
    Note: There are rare atypical apithelial cells with features suspicious for malignancy admixed with blood clot. Scant sampling precludes a definitive diagnosis. Clinical correlation is suggested.”

    Oh, WHY can’t doctors speak English? 🙂 When I told my doctor that I thought I was coughing up pieces of the tumor, she said she doubted it. Then gave me an explanation of why this was not possible.

    Well, this lab report proves that it was cells from the tumor carried by the blood up the bronchial tube and out of my body. And, since my family and friends have been praying for to “cough it out”, that is what’s happening!

    Yes, I am “atypical” which means VERY rare but those who know me often come to see miracles in my life! Hey, guys, remember my eye? A true documented miracle!

    Thank you all for your support.


    November 3, 2008 at 3:43 pm

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