Weekly Photo Challenge: Point of View / Update

Cancerous Aphids
Cancerous Aphids, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

voracious monsters
destroying vitality
metastatic cancer

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.

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67 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Point of View / Update

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  2. Amazing shot. I’ve never see a ladybug eating something before.

    If only beating cancer was as easy as putting ladybugs to work (we call them ladybirds).

    I hope your Mother is comfortable and not in any pain. I guess that, (and a miracle), are all that we can hope for at the present time.

    You and your family are in my thoughts.

    Vicki x

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  4. Thank you so much for the update. Thank you for thinking of your blog friends while facing such a turbulence time of your life. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your mother.

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  6. I am so sorry and how terribly frightening to have cancer and then to have a rare one that there isn’t as much known about. This sounds like a very difficult treatment cycle. I hope your Mom tolerates it well and they she can have any side-effects well managed…I am sending healing hugs your way and to your Mom Barb…Michelle

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  10. My heart goes out to you. My daughter was diagnosed with a rare cancer five years ago and went thru major surgery, so I know what a difficult, scary time this can be.

    Your image and the accompanying metaphor speak volumes.

    All the best to your mother … and YOU.

  11. I’ve changed blogs so you might not recognize me. I was blogging as buddhafulkat before, but now I’m applenpear. I just want to say that I wish your mother a speedy recovery and good health for both of you.

  12. The news about your mother are very hard to comment. But I see that there is a lot of determination in your battle. We hope that drugs are such as ladybugs that kill cancerous aphids. I hope you can win your battle.

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  15. “…a swarm of ladybugs focused on and succeeding in obliterating the cancer” – a great image to keep in mind as your mother undergoes treatment. I wish her all the best.

  16. Such a great visual of what we pray happens to that nasty cancer business your mom is enduring. Healing prayers sent for her and your family as you walk through this hard time.

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  19. That is a very clear and informative photo, i know they eat aphids but not as clear as that.

    I pray for the best to come to your mother and your family. The analogy of the photo with cancer is very strong. Take care everyone. What cancer is with your mom?

  20. A stunning shot and wonderful metaphor Fergie. Praying those cancer cells are blitzed into oblivion soon. Sending positive, healing thoughts her way. Take care.

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  23. I am sending blessings and prayers to your mother and your family. My own mother loved ladybugs, so whenever I see one, I will send a special prayer for your mother’s health as well.

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  25. That is such a stunning shot Fergie and I wish there was ladybugs like that for human cancer as well. I feel for you and know exactly what you are going through hon but I am not going to go into that now. Just know you are in my thoughts and I wish you and your mom just the best. Take care. *big hugs* xxx

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