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

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A good day!

Thank you to everyone who has so willingly offered to help us throw this special luau in honor of my mom. She was just tickled to hear of the great response, and has already started making "To-Do" lists for the big party! She is up frequently at night, due to the steroids she is taking. Since her writing skills are returning, she is trying to "keep busy" with lists and tasks to accomplish when she returns home. I truly think the anticipation of this party is going to see her through the first 6 weeks of treatment. Knowing how many friends and family she will see in February, gives her the strength to endure what is ahead.

My mom has had two radiaton treatments so far, which sound like quite an interesting experience. A mask was made of her face to enable the technicians to deliver the radiation to the precise areas where cancer cells are forming. She referred to this as if she were wearing a hockey mask, and said it is eerie seeing all the "hockey masks" lined up on a wall, awaiting each patient's treatment. Blue beams cross over her, and she must remain perfectly still for the length of the treatment. Inevitabley, an itch, funny pain, or sensation occurs when she is in the machine. In time, her hair will fall out where the radiation is delivered, but fatigue is really the only other side affect. She has begun the daily chemotherapy pill, and it is delivered at a very low dose, so side affects should be minimal. The subsequent rounds afterwards will be much stronger, but we will just take it one 6 week block at a time.

Brain tumors are an aggressively growing cancer, and a Glioblastoma, is the most aggressive of all. Completing these treatments will hopefully "buy" my mom more time. We all want more time and more memories, so thank you for helping my mom celebrate her life with you in February. Your friendship and kindness continues to bring us both joy, and lifts up our day! I apologize for not getting back to each of you personally, (I hope to do so soon!) Keep leaving blog comments as you are able. I print them all out, and read them to my mom. Hearing all your kind comments brings her many smiles!

P.S. I have been informed by a helpful editor in our home, that I have been abusing comma usage! Apologies for the poor grammar...to all the teachers out there who are loyal readers, feel free to critique...constructive criticism welcome! Ü

1 comment:

sallyhulseman said...

Hello from California. The sharing of up to date information is so wonderful! We all love you Lorraine and wish only the best. I was just thinking about the Science workshop we attended together at Evergreen School and the camping up in Lassen Park....remember setting up the big tent? We had a great time and lots of giggles. Everybody is getting excited about having a Luau! We all want to help and of course come and party with you. We will keep you and yours in our prayers and thoughts each day hoping each day is a good one. Her is a hug (O) for you. Friend, Sally H.