The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Grandma Lorraine...Day 9

Hello friends and family! Thank you so much for your kind comments, wishes, and prayers. I have shared them all with my mom, and they have sure helped to brighten her day, as she enjoys hearing who we have spoken with, and how many people are thinking about her.

It is hard to imagine that 9 days ago, my mom arrived in Colorado expecting a nice Christmas, and instead she in the hospital with a life threatening form of brain cancer. This certainly wasn't the kind of Christmas "gift" she was wanting! She came through her brain surgery with flying colors and they removed a tumor about the size of a silver dollar. She is recovering well and is sitting up, visiting, and eating with a big appetite, all of which are good signs.

She had very few symptoms that anything was wrong until arriving here when we noticed a lot of confusion, difficulty with words, and weakness on the right side. They are hoping some of that will improve as she heals from the surgery, but again, the prognosis is poor, and that is a hard thing to digest. I don't think I will ever be able to forget the moment the doctor looked her right in the eyes and said, "You are probably looking at about a year. You've lived a good life." We are still trying to accept that, and what it means for her quality of life, and what it all means for us as a family, and the challenges to come.

Within the next few days we should know more about that prognosis when the findings are available from the removed tumor. I will keep you connected as we learn more. Thank you again for your comments, calls, and e-mails...they are sure appreciated more than you know!


Kim said...

Thank you Denise, for taking the time and the energy to keep us all informed. I spoke with Tom earlier today, and it was very good to hear that your mom had a good night last night, and is doing better than expected! She has always had such a cheery, easy-going way about her, and it's heartwarming to hear how strong she is. Sounds just like her. Please give her all my best, and tell her I'm sending out extra-powerful get-well wishes across the miles! Godspeed, Lorraine!!!
Love, Kim

Linda said...

Denise - Stan and I have your Mom in our thoughts and prayers and we're thinking of all of you. God bless you all.

Barb P. said...

Denise, it was good to see you today - you are holding up well; I can only imagine how hard it must be. We enjoyed having Ashlyn over today! Caitlyn would love to get together again soon - either here or at your place - we're MORE than happy to have Ashlyn with us!
Love, Barb