Lately my mom has been cooking up some yummy, healthy dinners.
This is awesome, not just because we're eating healthy and eating good, but because my mom is cooking.
It takes her a while and she has to lie down when the pain gets too bad, but still she's doing it.
Monday on my lunch hour, we went into the bank on an errand, then to lunch where we had to walk a block down Main Street (because I can never remember where anything is) and back again.
She was able to do all of this with only a cane which she uses more for balance than anything else.
I realize most 66-year-old women can do these things, but for my mom it is monumental.
Last June, after suffering for months with debilitating back and hip pain, my mom was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer which metastasized to bones and had taken over larger portions of her spine. The prognosis was not good, not good at all.
She was suffering greatly. The pain prevented her from being able to do almost anything but lie on one side in bed.
When I brought her to Grand Junction to live with us, my mom could barely make it from the bed around the corner to the bathroom while using a walker. She couldn't sit for any length of time and walking was precarious and painful.
Luckily for us, she has a great team of doctors at the St. Mary's Cancer Center and was given effective treatments.
Now she walks around the house without even a cane, sits with her computer on her lap, keeps her room, cleans the kitchen and makes dinner.
It is glorious.
Her doctors are thrilled and as am I.
Mama's back and she's making us dinner.