Today's blog is difficult to write and share with you. Some know, and many do not, of my Mom's chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Over the past year, Mom has faced additional discomforts and assumed it was the RA worsening due to stress. We were wrong.
Instead of responding to blogs and enjoying the summer, Mom had the privilege and joy to make new friends at St. Joesph's Hospital in Syracuse. I want to give a huge shout out to the staff on the observation, 2-8, and 3-2 floors. These individuals don't just treat illness, they establish relationships with their patients. I'm thankful for those we met along the way.
My parents wanted, and needed, time to process the realization Mom has terminal cancer with the privacy necessary to make decisions and plans. This will be a time of family, memory making, friends, and joy.
No one can stop the unexpected change of plans so instead, we'll embrace each moment, like many of you have done in the past or are experiencing firsthand. Cancer is far too common. I'm not the first daughter to travel this journey nor is my Mom the first diagnosed...but it's the first time for us, just like it was the first for you.
Below is the message I shared on Facebook yesterday.
To my friends, family, our community, and those who hold my parents near and dear to their hearts. We have tried to share with as many as possible in person yet it's not a reality.
With my parent's permission,
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323