Monday, March 23, 2015

The C Word

"She has bladder cancer."

I don't know how to describe how matter-of-fact my mom was when she told me other than to say that she was very matter-of-fact. My grandmother has bladder cancer.

Mom told me the diagnosis before the doctor made the diagnosis. She described the symptoms, she explained Grandma's history, she said that it was bladder cancer.

And apparently she was right.

Grandma had the same symptoms last year, cancelling the appointment with the specialist when she become asymptomatic. My mom didn't force the issue then. She feels guilty.

Mom's gut instinct was correct, as we found out when the doctor gave Grandma the news late last week.

Grandma went in for her first procedure today, an outpatient surgery to remove the tumor. I saw her yesterday and I brought over dinner tonight and...and...and it's truly impossible to believe that my grandmother is sick. Even today, after her procedure, catheter and all, she was smiling and laughing and acting exactly like my grandmother. I cannot fathom how she is potentially very, very sick.

According to Mom, my grandmother's surgery didn't take as long as she expected it to take. (Perhaps I should take this moment to point out that my mom's career is in healthcare; she's neither psychic nor making statements based on knowledge gleaned from Dr. Google.)

The relative brevity of her surgery is either a really good sign or a really bad sign.

We will find out next week.

4 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

UGH! That sucks. I'm so sorry... I hope that your grandma can bladder cancer's ass and is back to full health soon. I think it's encouraging that she is in such good spirits. I hope you get good or at least acceptable news next week... I think waiting is the worst part. :( I'll be thinking of you and your family.

JBean said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. Cancer is a huge bitch. I'll be praying for her.

Sabrina! said...

Thinking good thoughts for your grandmother, hope all turns out well! I'm glad she's in good spirits.

Danielle said...

I'm hoping the surgery being shorter than expected is a good thing. Like Sabrina said, I'm glad she is still herself and in good spirits. Thinking good thoughts for y'all over in the midwest!!

 
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