Marie suffered complications in surgery and had to be rushed back in for a second surgery the first night. Her 3 week recovery ended up being a 3 month hospital stay. She became a favourite amongst the staff as she always had a smile and never a complaint.
When she was finally able to go home she required constant assistance and we ( her three children) took turns spending time with her and nursing her back to health.. As a very independent woman it was
A couple weeks later at a follow up appointment we got the worst news ... the tumours were back and had spread ..her pancreatic cancer had not been caught in time and had spread despite the surgery.
I remember being so angry ,that it was unfair.She had worked all her life, and now at retirement, when she should be finally able to relax, and enjoy life, that it was being taken away. She however ,was okay
Her health quickly deteriorated. She became almost housebound, with her only enjoyment coming in some light reading and watching tv and movies with her family. It was all the more devastating then, when she suddenly lost all sight in 1 eye. I cried.. thinking how much suffering can 1 person take and what did she ever do to deserve any of it.
She never got angry, or had self pity, just saying.. well it could be worse.. at least I still have 1 good eye.
After discussing Moms final wishes it was decided that she wanted to stay at home and not spend the last part of her life in a hospital. We learned to give her shots and made her as comfortable as possible.
- Thomas Gibson