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

Friday, February 1, 2008

Bald is beautiful, but so is a new wig!

Here is Grandma after having her new wig styled by "Diane" at Keeley's Beauty Boutique! I attended the parent information meeting for wrestling at Kyle's school, and we multi-tasked by having our "caregiver" Stephanie take my mom to her appointment. Stephanie has been a huge help when I am unable to drive my mom, and Diane has been helping my mom with several haircuts before the wig fitting. We ordered a special wig from a catalog, but found out today at radiation, that the local Cancer Society will give you a free wig just for stopping by. So, my mom may take on a second look. Who says a lady can't have more than one hair style?!

Today my mom had an appointment with her favorite occupational therapist and completed her 18th radiation treatment. We ran some errands, and then drove to Lafayette for an appointment with the neurosurgeon who performed her brain surgery. He was very helpful, and said that if the tumor grows back after chemo, they will just remove it, and that will "buy" her a few more months. He did say that people in her age group usually live one year from the diagnosis day, even with surgeries and treatment...BUT, due to her attitude, faith, and hope, he said she is the type of patient that will out live others with a more dismal outlook on life. Doesn't my mom give cancer a good name? She embraces each experience, forms friendships with those who help her, and wears a smile each day! If that doesn't "buy" her more time, I don't know what will!
Lastly, on a little side note, the neurologist and neurosurgeon told us they see many patients with this type of cancer, and they know the outcome. Due to this, they don't end their visit with comments like, "See you next time" or "Call again in a few months", they just cheefully say, "Enjoy the rest of your life!"


Kim said...

You're GORGEOUS, Lorraine! You're "stylin'!" as they say! (smile) And your attitude and zest for life and the people in it is the most beautiful thing about you!
kim l.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed catching up on all the entries. I'm so impressed as to how this all works but am so glad that you're doing it. We are alltruly connected. Cindy, thank you for all you're doing for my Celebration. You and your committee are awesome. And thank you for your wonderful comments about "sister" for Denise. It truly brought tears to my eyes and I was so touched and am so grateful for your being there to fill that role. I still have the wonderful letter you wrote me after Tom and Denise were married. Love you. Lorraine

Bev. said...

I love your wig Lorraine.......

You really look wonderful in it...Just think if you get another, you can have a complete different hair style and if blond or brunett is your choice go for it.

Sound like there is always excitment there....Isn't that the way life should always be.....Never a day with out some laughs and excitment. Live each day to it's fullest.......


Charlene said...

You look absolutely STUNNING, Lorraine! That beautiful attitude just shines!

Thanks for all the wonderful and inspiring new entries Denise!