My sister has cancer

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by seriously, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. seriously

    seriously New Member

    My younger sister just called me. She has been diagnosed with cancer but they aren't sure what kind yet. She has multiple masses along her spine.

    She has been struggling to survive for more than 6 years now since a botched abdominal surgery left her with severe short bowel syndrome. She is in an acute rehab facility after spending 17 days inpatient at the hospital with multiple blood infections and they only stopped the last 2 antibiotics today. She got the blood infections from her central line that allows her to get TPN - IV nutrition.

    I feel so sad for her I can hardly speak. This woman is only 50 and she has been through so much already. She's afraid to tell our 85 year old mom because she thinks it will kill her. I wouldn't be surprised if mom strokes out when we finally tell her.

    I called this morning (Tuesday) and talked to my sister's hospitalist trying to get more information. He says it is "premature" to say she has cancer. (Well then why did he send the oncologist to talk to her???) He says there were abnormalities on her CT Scan but they could be nothing or they could be cancer. He is trying to get a consult with a spine surgeon. He said sometimes they have a different opinion from the radiologist. (I know we have had that same experience with the GI looking at the films vs. the regular radiologist). He said the oncologist is ordering a bone scan and he is trying to get that done tomorrow. A bone scan should be pretty conclusive one way or the other whether she has cancer and where she has cancer in the bones.

    He thought they would have a definitive answer by the end of the week.

    So I called my sister and told her all this and she was very relieved. I think she is pretty loopy from the pain medications and didn't really understand what the oncologist meant or told her.

    Thanks for the good wishes. I will post the results on the board later this week.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011
  2. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    I'm so sorry, PJ. Hugs and prayers going out.
  3. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    I'm so sorry. Sending our prayers...
  4. PatriotsGirl

    PatriotsGirl Guest

    I am so very sorry......
  5. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    (((PJ)))), I'm so sorry, I can't even imagine. Hugs, please keep us posted on how she's doing.
  6. crazymama30

    crazymama30 Active Member

    Hugs. I am so sorry, sometimes people are just dealt a bad hand healthwise, and that sounds like her case. It sounds like she has been through too much.
  7. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I am so sorry. Sounds like she has already had her fair share of health issues. It just isn't fair sometimes.
  8. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    OMG, that is so sad. How unfair.
    Many, many hugs.
    And I'd hold off on telling Mom until you/she has more info.
    Sigh. So young.
  9. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Ditto, Terry's post. Sending caring thoughts and hugs your way. DDD
  10. Star*

    Star* call 911

    I keeping an open mind and positive outlook for the best possible outcome........hoping it was just some bad medicine and misunderstanding on your sisters part. (((((((BOARD POWER)))))))

    Hugs and Love
  11. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    Hugs and have so much on your plate right now :(
  12. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    *hugs and prayers*
  13. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    :holymoly: I sure hope that second review of the films comes up with a better prognosis. No point telling your mom anything until you know for certain what she's dealing with. Geez, I just cannot get over the parade of garbage that you've had to deal with. Where's the danged magic wand when you need it? Not fair, not fair, not fair. :2dissapointed:
  14. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member


    holding positive thoughts for your sister and praying for a more manageable outcome.

  15. Mattsmom277

    Mattsmom277 Active Member

    Gosh what a difficult time of it your sister has had! I too hope that the results aren't as serious as initially thought. I'll watch for an update and meanwhile I'm sending good positive healing vibes. (((hugs)))
  16. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Keeping your sister in my prayers. Sending positive vibes, and please do keep us posted.