So for those who do not know..
Back in may my mom was rushed to the hospital, all anyone knew is that she had fallen and was in severe enough pain that she physically could not move. I knew she had pain in her left leg off and on but told her to get on calcium tablets in case it was a bone problem...so back to the day she was rushed to the hospital..they had to break down a door and get her into a vehicle and to the hospital and by the time they got her there the pain was horrible. They loaded her up with the strongest pain meds they could and did a full body scan. Once she was comfortable, she started telling the dr what happened. She told him that back in 2007 she had found a lump on her left breast and they did a scan and found that the lump was in fact cancerous. She went over all her options and went on with life without treatment, all the while working full time, living on her own, walking to and from work. 10 years went by...and that was the day she told the world, there in the hospital that she had been living with breast cancer. The scans showed that her cancer had completely taken over the left breast, and had invaded into her lung tissue, her left leg has lesions through out the entire bone from where the cancer had eaten away at it. Her hip and tail bone also had lesions, her skull, now possibly her right breast and her arms. There is also possibly spots on her spine. She was told in the hospital that it is stage 4 advanced breast cancer that has spread through out her body. She was diagnosed at 40 years old, but possibly found lumps in her 20's. Yesterday she called me to let me know genetic testing shows that she carries the ATM gene, unfortunately they don't know which side of her family it came from. We do now know that her children have a 50% chance of also carrying the gene, and if they do carry the gene they are at a higher risk for different types of cancers, and their offspring will also have a 50% chance of also carrying the gene.
My mom has been through radiation, starts chemo in a week, and will be having surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible.