Long Overdue Update.

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Long Overdue Update.

by Kuiper on Fri Jun 23, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hello. Some of you may remember the situation my mother had with Gbm. She was diagnosed back in January of 2005 where she immmediately uderwent surgery to hopefully remove the tumor. The surgery was followed with regiments of chemo and radiation. Further testing proved the tumor had returned and was as agressive as they come and was give only a few months to live; at which point my mother pretty much gave up all hope. My father and I tirelessly searched the internet (which is when I found this site). We researched a lot of alternative medicines and found what is called the "Reif Beam Ray" light therapy. With some positive imput from our good friend who's also an NP and specialized in alternative medicine, we rented the system and brought it home to try on my mother. Well, at 59 years old she was set in her ways and believed this contraption to be full of crap. Needless to say she used it less than a handfull of times with no results to show for it. Now off her chemo and radiation her condition deteriorated quickly. The oncologist gave us a glimmer of hope in knowing that in most cases patients with Gbm often die in their sleep and experience little to no suffering other than the frustration of occasional speech loss & dillusion. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for my mother. Ultimately, she passed away on August 15th, 2005 from a lasceration in her (sepsis) caused by the extention of the tumor. Her last few days were extremely uncomfortable. These sepsis symptoms started early on a Friday morning around 2:00a.m. and she passed away on Sunday afternoon. Even though she was unconscious and pumped up on antibiotics & morphine, you could tell her body ached. On the bright side of things, being a Christian man, I was able to ask my wife's cousin who happens to be a staff member of a local church to come in and talk about the lord and explain to my mother what she had in store for her. The best part about it all was when he asked her if she had accepted Jesus Christ into her heart and understood what that meant. The very last thing she did before slipping into coma was nodded her head in acceptance of our Lord. God bless my mother. In short, the Gbm took my mothers life at age 59. She was a moderate drinker and a non-smoker for the past 15 years. She was the best mother anyone could ever ask for and I thank God for the 34 years I had with her. I want to take this time to thank everyone here for all your kind support and help with this devistation situation. I learned a lot from this forum and I hope to be able to chime in from time to time and see how everyone is doing and to offer a shoulder to lean on in time of need just as everyone here has done for me and my family. I'm sorry it has taken me this long to update her condition. Honestly, I've really wanted to chime in but it's still very hard to talk about it. Good luck to all who suffer with this cancer. Try to think about this... My mothers battle with cancer has done our family a bit of good as well. Since her passing we have become closer and more reliant on each other as a family. With any luck this will happen to all of you as well. God bless
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