This weekend was our first show since I wrote the story announcing my mom’s lymphoma. We have been overwhelmed by the support from all of you – we are grateful for your e-mails, notes, cards (Mom has read every one) and especially your prayers. But I never considered what might happen once I saw some of you in person.
It started Thursday morning during setup, and continued all through the show during the weekend – a single question, repeated over and over . . .
“How’s Your Mom?”
Vendors walked up to me – customers greeted me as I passed out coupons in the line before the show started – and again when they were checking out in our booth. Again, I am overwhelmed and grateful.
Here’s an update – Mom is doing well. She had her second chemo treatment nine days ago and still hasn’t had the first bit of nausea. Her white count dropped to a dangerously low level about two weeks after her first treatment, so she was “quarantined” at home except for doctor appointments until it came back up. The second treatment was cut back a little in hopes that her white count will stay higher.
The lump is gone . . . and so is her hair. But she has an assortment of doo rags that I think look really attractive. And I have noticed that her personality is back – Mom is usually very bright and cheery, but for the past couple of months she has looked so tired. I think part of it was worry, and part of it was the cancer affecting more of her than just her neck.
I snuck this picture at the doctor’s office as she was getting her bloodwork done a couple of days before the second chemo treatment. It’s not the most flattering shot (the front view really looked like she was wearing a hat), but I wanted a picture to text to my brother and I wasn’t sure she was ready to pose. Someday soon, I’ll try to do better.
Again, thanks to all of you – this is truly an amazing community.