Cancer – Any evil condition or thing that spreads destructively.
These voracious, ravenous aphids extracted so many nutrients and vitality from some of our plants, that they became very, very sick. We saw more aphids than we had ever seen before in our yard, and as a result, we also saw more ladybugs than we have ever seen, attacking the cancerous aphids.
As I wrote previously, we are in the middle of a frightening cancer battle. My mother was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer…4 out of 4. What is Stage 4? Per our surgeon, it means cancer has metastasized from it’s original site to other organs.
Each doctor visit and surgery result over the last two months brought worse news, showing more and more spread, and leaving us in an endless nightmare. The cancer is extremely rare, aggressive, and high-grade, for which there is NO standard treatment and no clinical trials because of its rarity. There is no known cause. It is not curable. The prognosis is……….well….…all I will say is that people have been known to beat the odds and we are hopeful and determined that she will beat it. It is a very scary time.
Cancer treatments began this week. Two weeks ago, we made a quick trip to another high rated cancer hospital for a second opinion, and were more assured we are headed down the right path with her initial treatment plan. Because of the cancer’s aggressiveness, we needed to start as soon as possible after recovery from her last surgery. The treatments are a rigorous regimen of two days of chemotherapy every two weeks for a minimum of six months. It’s too soon to see what the actual side effects will be since everyone reacts differently to the drugs, but we know what the common side effects are.
Hopefully the treatments will turn out to be a swarm of ladybugs focused on and succeeding in obliterating the cancer!
Again, I will not be as active in the blogging world but will do my best. Thank you for all of the wonderful well wishes you continue to send for my mother and for staying with me through these tough times.
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Point of View. I’ve used the theme in two ways – one in the photo itself, and one regarding focused treatment.