Monday, February 7, 2011

Life is never fair

My mom is really sick. She was just diagnosed with stage 6 cirrhosis. which is the final stage. She contracted Hep C sometime in the early 80's when she gave blood. Since she never went to the doctor or gave blood until last year, she never knew she had it. She donated plasma last year and found out she had it then.

She had planned on getting treatment for Hep C, and went to the doctor to see about her health. She had gallstones which were causing acute pancreatitus. During gallstone surgery, the surgeon took a piece of her liver to determine how badly the Hep C affected it. It's so bad, that it is considered stage 6 cirrhosis.

I was reading on a medical forum about a man that was diagnosed with stage 4 cirrhosis and was put on the transplant list. This makes me really worried for my mom. Sometimes a liver can heal itself, but not when Hep C is trashing it. A person with cirrhosis can't receive treatment for Hep C because the treatment is poison. So, what does this mean for mom? Transplant waiting list? I don't know.

Mom is going to see her GP this week to see where she goes from here. If it will take too long to see a Hepatologist, then mom is just going to leave The Bay and come to Stone Mountain and continue her medical care here.

I feel worried and angry. Angry because life isn't fair. All of mom's brothers and sisters are either alcoholic or drug addicted, yet my mom is the one with the fucked up liver. And, because she donated blood before Hep C was really discovered. I feel guilty because we left her on the west coast, and she's homeless. She's needed more help than my mother in law, which is the reason we came to Stone Mountain in the first place. My mom needs me 3,000 miles away, and I can't be there for her.


Jen said...

I am sorry Christina to hear your mom is in stage 6...I know it must not be easy with her being so far away... but I want you to know I am praying for your mom and you too!

Do you think there is any way for her to come to GA and get treatment?

Christina said...

Thanks Jen. I think she will be coming to GA for treatment. She has an appointment with a specialist on the 3rd, so we'll see what he says then. I just found out today that she may also have colon cancer.

Jen said...

I hope things go well with the specialist, like as in the specialist will have lots of info and be able to answer all questions.. I am sorry to hear that she may also have colon cancer too.. Will she know for sure soon?

(I will keep praying for your mom)
and you too!