Mom was diagnosed with late stage bile duct cancer 3 weeks ago. At the time, they told her it was very serious, but she likely had 6-8 months to live. She came with me to the USC game the following day, and had a blast.
Unfortunately, things have progressed far faster than anyone could have foreseen. She went into the hospital on Friday to get an ERCP procedure to try and put a stent in her bile duct, but it was unsuccessful. It also started a chain reaction of renal failure and pancreatitis that she was unable to recover from. She decided yesterday to transition to home hospice for her few remaining days. We have her resting comfortably at home. She requested that we put her in front of the TV so she can watch the Utah game. I highly doubt she’ll be lucid enough to know or care by the time it comes on tonight, but we thought it was cool that she asked.
Mom’s been a Utah fan her entire life. She graduated from the U with a Bachelors in Education, then got her Masters in Special Education. Some of my favorite memories as a kid are going to games with mom and dad (who passed about 5 years ago from pancreatic cancer).
Go Utes, hoping we can get one last win for mom to see tonight.
Oh, and f**k cancer. Mom was only 75, you had no business taking her this soon.
My heart is with you during this painful time. Your mom sounds like an amazing woman. Words can’t ease your agony, but I hope you will find comfort knowing how many of us would do anything to ease this burden for you.