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Is there a silver lining in my gram’s cancer diagnosis? Not really. The diagnosis sucks not matter which way you spin it. The doctors released her from the hospital yesterday and she was transported by ambulance to a rehab facility which is where my grandfather now lives full time at the Nursing Home. I suppose that is a silver lining in this entire sad story. My grandfather was so happy to know that he would be able to see my gram everyday now, in fact, just a short walk down the hall from his room. Lets hope he behaves and doesn’t cause any problems. In his brain, he thinks he is still in charge as he was their entire married life until recently. He hasn’t quite processed all this and he is experiencing a range of emotions. My grandmother hadn’t even arrived yet yesterday and he was already in a “time out” from one of the nurses as he was pacing the halls with his walker in tow. It’s going to be a very interesting road having them together and keeping my grandfather in check. I had a side-bar conversation with him last night and explained that he needed to let the nurses do their jobs and just sit and watch. I explained if he doesn’t behave, then he will find himself stuck in his room. He rolled his eyes and reluctantly agreed to be good.
My gram is happy to be able to see my grandfather but she has a long road ahead of her and it’s wearing on her emotions. The point of her going to rehab is to hopefully allow the physical therapists to teach her to use her one good leg to manage getting in and out of bed to a wheel chair and teach her how to not use her bad leg (the one with the cancer). Time will tell. As for the cancer diagnosis, in addition to the cancer spot on her leg/hip, there is a lesion/tumor that is pushing on her esophagus and that is causing her to have issues swallowing. The Oncologist is considering radiation on that area and will have more of a treatment plan, early next week. Her Oncologist from Dana Farber amazing and has even offered to visit her at rehab and possibly set up treatments right there where she will be staying. You see this current cancer is caused from her renal cancer 14 years ago. The renal cancer is the primary of this new cancer. They removed her cancerous kidney 14 years ago and while we thought it was impossible to have that be her primary for this new cancer, the doctors have confirmed it is. We are hoping for nothing short of a miracle for my gram so any prayers you can say would be greatly appreciated.
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