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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jane Levie Update: Doing Well

This is the most recent mass email update I sent out about my mom (10/12/09)
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Hello friends and family,

It has been a while since I've sent out an update about my mom's condition. I intended to send you all an update this summer but my life got a little hectic around August 13. =)

Today marks one year since my mom's loving friends intervened and had her admitted to the hospital. After several rounds of chemotherapy her doctor has now switched her to a daily hormone therapy pill along with a monthly bone-building intravenous medication.

Not having to go in for weekly chemo treatments has been great for her--she has been able to do so many more things. She loves having the freedom to travel whenever and wherever she wants. She's gone on road trips to Oregon to tour the Oregon Caves where she worked during college, to New York to take my brother and his dog back to school, and from New York down to Georgia with my brother for a cousin's wedding last week. In fact, she's back in New York visiting with my brother right now.

We celebrated her "second 33rd and a half" birthday (as she says!) last weekend while we were in Georgia with some delicious chocolate cake and an off-key rendition of the happy birthday song.

Lucky for me, her chemo treatments ended just before she became a grandma in mid August. It was great for her to be able to come stay with me in the weeks before my son was born while my husband was out of town, just in case I needed a ride to the hospital. She and my dad were able to hop into the car at a moment's notice once the baby was born and stay with us for the first several days. You've never seen a lady more in love with her grandbaby than my mom! About a month ago she decided that enough of her hair had grown back that she didn't need to wear those little caps anymore. Thank goodness, because with those late season heat waves we had you could tell she was getting too hot wearing them! So she went to the salon and got her hair done! It is fun to see her with short hair, a style she's not had since long before she married my dad.Knowing that her health could decline any time, my mom is taking full advantage of her high energy and good spirits while she can. She jumps at every little opportunity for social gatherings, travel, and cuddling her grandson. Our whole family is looking forward to attending my brother's masters graduation this coming May with a yet another trip to New York and to attending a family friend's wedding in France in April.

As always, our family feels blessed to know that so many folks are always praying for my mom's continued good health and keeping her in their thoughts. Without such wonderful people in her life she never would have gone to the hospital for treatment in the first place. And I know I wouldn't have been able to handle her illness without all of you. I will continue to keep you posted on her progress. As always, if you would like to know more please feel free to contact me.

Love,
Julie

1 comment:

mu rye uh said...

I am so happy for your family with the strength your mom has right now.