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 15, 2008

It was a "Radiation Celebration!"

Yippee! Today was my mom's last day of radiation, and the doctor said that she can end chemotherapy today as well! We thought she had one more week to go, so this was a pleasant surprise. Hip Hip Hooray! The MRI results also came back with great news. There are no cancer cells visible, and the tumor they removed on Christmas has not returned! All the swelling around that sight is gone, and each target area in her brain is clear of visible cells! Most likely there are microscopic cancer cells still in her brain due to the nature of this type of brain cancer, but for now, this was the best possible outcome! We were very pleased with this news! Here are a few photos my mom wanted to share with you!

The nurses and doctors all came out for a special ceremony they hold for each patient at the completion of radiation. My mom was given a pretty "quillow" (blanket and pillow in one) and a "graduation" certificate from all her nurses and doctors. They all came out to to watch her read a special poem and ring the bell of radiation completion. Here is the poem:
I ring this bell,
Three times well,
A toll to clearly say,
Radiation treatments are done,
And I am on my way!

Now just for fun....for those of you curiosity seekers...check out what the radiation process was really is my mom with the spooky mask she had to wear during treatment, and the wonderful helpers who made the whole process not so scary. My mom also asked me to show you her great "Hawaiian" view on top of the ceiling, which was her daily inspiration during treatments. The nurses would joke with her when the machine rotated saying they were "just moving her beach chair!"

Thank you Hope Care Cancer Center at Longmont United Hospital! My mother had the best possible care throughout her treatment! We so appreciate the kindness, dignity, and concern each of you gave to her! We are forever grateful!


Anonymous said...


I feel like I am getting to know your family: Lorraine you are so blessed to have such a wonderful family, I am sure you are the first to know that.

I have enjoyed keeping up with all the family projects and sports, music, school and pets.....

Have a safe trip home...
Beverly :-)

Beth said...

PTL! Wonderful news!

Love, Beth :O)