Sadly, I need your help today... My mom was diagnosed with myeloma on Friday - in incurable form of bone cancer. She has only been sick for a month, but in that month we have made four trips to emergency, she has had multiple tests, and a major surgery. She has been told it was a gastrointestinal bleed, then ovarian cancer, then a tumor in her small intestine that had "shed" to the ovaries, and now the bone scan has come back to show myeloma. She is so weak, she is having trouble rising from lying to sitting position and walking to the bathroom - yet she won't go back to the hospital. She is just having her first treatment with the oncologist this week who is talking about chemo and stem cell transplant - very aggressive treatment because my mom is only 62 years old. Only, she is so weak, I can't imagine how she will do the treatment.
This has all happened in a month. And, to add the the stress - my grandfather (my dad's father) passed away last Tuesday and the funeral was Saturday.
I have been so strong through this all but I feel like I'm really struggling with this last news. I dread calling my parents home because I know the news is not going to be good. When I see my mom each day, I just want to cry because she is so pale and so weak. I'm supposed to go back to work today and I can't fathom going to work this morning. I can go from being fine to crying in seconds, and I'm exhausted.
So, I'm asking sincerely, does anyone have any advice from personal experience or any resources that may be helpful in coping with serious illness?