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Posted by: MDF3530 30-Jun-2010, 10:18 PM
My dad had to take my mom to the hospital the other day. Her memory was going to pieces. We were hoping it was encephalitis. The results came back today. She has several tumors on her brain. We won't know if they're malignant or not until a biopsy is done. The hospital is at right now is just a small community hospital with no regular resident neurosurgeons or pathologists on staff and the earliest either of their outside neurosurgeons could do it was next Wednesday, so tomorrow she is being transferred to one of the big downtown hospitals.

Posted by: Patch 01-Jul-2010, 02:30 AM
She will be in my prayers

Slàinte,    

Patch    

Posted by: iolanda 01-Jul-2010, 05:03 AM
Unfortunately, I Know very well this kind of troubles....It's hard, really hard to accept... I'm near you and your family with all my heart and my prayers and my love.. as all the friends of CelticRadio....
I wish you all the best and please, keep us informed about ...Thank you, my dear..
Iolanda hug.gif

Posted by: Camac 01-Jul-2010, 07:09 AM
I also know what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers to the Creator are with you.


Camac

Posted by: WallaceGal 01-Jul-2010, 08:03 AM
I'm so sorry to hear this. You have my thoughts and prayers, both for you and for your family as well.

Posted by: Rindy 01-Jul-2010, 09:14 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Mike. Please let us know what's going on. Just know were here for you.


Posted by: flora 01-Jul-2010, 01:10 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this Mike. The waiting and wondering is so hard. Please take comfort that you have many praying for you and your family. I will check back frequently for news. Keep your chin up.

Flora

Posted by: Haggishead 01-Jul-2010, 01:16 PM
Prayers are with your mother and the whole family.

Posted by: MDF3530 01-Jul-2010, 09:40 PM
Update:

On the recommendation of my brother-in-law's sister-in-law, who is a nurse, Mom has been transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. It's one of the biggest hospitals in the Chicago area and it has an entire building dedicated to brain-related issues. I was over at the other hospital today. Last night, they gave her a steroid IV to help relieve the cranial pressure. It really worked. Today she seemed more aware and not as fidgety as she was.

Last night, I emailed my church, my parents' church and our old church, asking them to put her on their sick lists.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and best wishes.

Posted by: wdorholt 02-Jul-2010, 12:14 AM
Our prayers are with you and your family. Don't forget to take care of yourself during this!

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 02-Jul-2010, 06:43 AM
Mike, of course we will remember her in our prayers and keep positive thoughts flowing toward Chicago. Keep us posted on the results.

Posted by: Shadows 02-Jul-2010, 02:40 PM
I send up smoke and prayers to the Creator for her and all your family...
Hard times bring all closer together...

Posted by: stoirmeil 02-Jul-2010, 06:04 PM
We have you and your mom close in our thoughts, Mike -- many things are possible now medically that weren't even a few years ago. And yes, remember to take care of yourself too.

Posted by: Leelee 02-Jul-2010, 06:27 PM
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers Mike. Please take of yourself as well during this difficult period.

Posted by: MDF3530 02-Jul-2010, 11:45 PM
My mom had her biopsy today. There were no complications. The preliminary report is that she has lymphoma, a very treatable form of cancer. We should know the full results in a couple of days.

Here is something that my sister set up:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ruthfangman

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 03-Jul-2010, 08:56 AM
Not the best of news, but much, much better than the worst. At this point, I'd say the prognosis is looking up a good bit. Will keep her (and all your family) in our prayers. Now, you need to start breathing again.

Posted by: MDF3530 04-Jul-2010, 02:48 PM
They're going to start the chemotherapy treatments Wednesday or Thursday. They're going to start out on an inpatient basis so they can see how she reacts to it and adjust as necessary.

Posted by: Rindy 04-Jul-2010, 09:17 PM
Mike, I know she will need your support right now that you are capable of giving her. Your such a good son.
Hopefully the treatment will cure all and she will be fine. It's a bumpy road and so hard on everyone but try and keep the spirit and know my prayers are with all of you.

Thats a great website your sister put up.

Big Hugs to you!

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 05-Jul-2010, 07:22 AM
Good to hear that they are getting started quickly. Hopefully, they will knock this out soon. Chemo is not fun, but your mother should make it without too much trouble with such a supportive family.

Posted by: stoirmeil 05-Jul-2010, 09:26 AM
Nice that your sister set up the Caring Bridge site too. I think your mom will really enjoy and appreciate the messages and wishes -- there's more to treating these things than just the medical procedures, and it sounds like she has a lot of support and concern from family and friends.

I recommend a good cup of hot cocoa and a listen to some CelticMoon, for you. smile.gif

Keep your chin up, good buddy -- we're all thinking of you. thumbup.gif

Posted by: stoirmeil 07-Jul-2010, 09:00 PM
Updates are on the Caring Bridge site -- there seems to be some improvement and some careful optimism there, and I am glad to see it. Hang in there, Mike. Take care of yourself. smile.gif

Posted by: MDF3530 07-Jul-2010, 09:17 PM
What my sister didn't mention on the CaringBridge page is that the kind of chemo they want to give her doesn't make her hair fall out. Unfortunately, my mom also has kidney disease, so they're consulting with a renal specialist to see if this treatment will damage her kidneys any further.

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 07-Jul-2010, 09:32 PM
Hopefully, the chemo won't bother her kidneys. Still remembering all of you.

Posted by: Antwn 08-Jul-2010, 02:27 PM
QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 07-Jul-2010, 10:00 PM)
Hang in there, Mike. Take care of yourself. smile.gif

Same from me Mike. Best wishes for your mother's recovery!

Posted by: MDF3530 10-Jul-2010, 11:05 PM
My mom was transferred today to the University of Chicago Hospital. It was for insurance purposes. Her insurance wouldn't cover Northwestern Memorial Hospital 100%, but they would do so for U of C. It is a lateral move as far as I'm concerned. University of Chicago Hospital is another one of Chicago's top notch hospitals.

My sister and brother-in-law are vacationing at Disney World with his brother and sisters. They'd already paid for the vacation rental home and it was non-refundable. They're going to talk to his brother, who is a lawyer, about possible litigation. I think we have a good malpractice claim. Several weeks before she went into the hospital, my mom went in for an MRI. They dismissed the spots on her brain as age-related and wouldn't even consider anything else.

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 11-Jul-2010, 12:21 PM
Mike, tell the lawyers to burn a new you-know-what in the folks who mis-read the MRI.

The husband of my wife's best friend went to the doctor for months and was told he had allergies. He finally went to another doctor who found inoperable stage 4 lung cancer that had spread to his brain. His brother died from lung cancer a few years before; they had both been exposed to agent orange in Viet Nam and the doctors said the kind of cancer they have came from that. He is in remission for now, but they say it is only a matter of time. Had the first doctor found it when he first had symptoms, it might have been a different story. I think they should go after the first doctor, but they don't want to sue.

Posted by: Lady-of-Avalon 21-Jul-2010, 02:13 PM
My thoughts and prayers are for your mom Mike and I wish you courage and I know that you'll be strong throughout this ordeal.


Take good care,

LOA


Posted by: MDF3530 28-Jul-2010, 05:17 PM
My mom was readmitted to the hospital, after spending the last week in a nursing home, for chemo treatment. Last night, she started having seizures. The doctors don't know what's causing it. It could be a reaction to the chemo, it could be an infection. We will know more later.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ruthfangman/journal

Posted by: WallaceGal 28-Jul-2010, 07:04 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about the setback, but hang in there. My prayers are with you and yours.

Posted by: CarolineDubh 29-Jul-2010, 11:28 PM
Your Mum and all her family are in my thoughts and prayers Mike. I am a strong believer in prayer, I pray for a healthy recovery for your mum, and for you and the family I pray hat you will all stay strong for her and each other.

God Bless you all.

Posted by: MDF3530 02-Aug-2010, 10:18 PM
Ruth Fangman was called home to God on Monday, August 2nd at 9:45 PM, surrounded by her husband, daughter, son and son-in-law. She had some kind of infection and was not responding to any treatment. We sat down with her medical team and decided to end treatment. She would've wanted that. They took her off the ventilator and she breathed on her own for about six hours. Funeral arrangements are pending.

My father, sister and I thank you for all your prayers and support.

Posted by: TheCarolinaScotsman 03-Aug-2010, 01:42 AM
Mike, please accept my sincere condolences. Know that your mother is now in the peace and joy that is heaven. I will continue to pray for you and your family as you go through this difficult time of adjustment. Talk to each other and share the best of memories of your mother and know that her love for all of you will continue to be felt as you go forward into the future.

Posted by: Rindy 03-Aug-2010, 03:00 PM
Mike I am so sorry. I know words can't make the pain go away but my prayers and blessings are with you all at this difficult time. Know I am here for your support if you need me. She is at peace now.

Posted by: MDF3530 03-Aug-2010, 03:37 PM
It really sucks that we had to make that decision yesterday of all days. It was my sister's birthday.

Posted by: WallaceGal 03-Aug-2010, 03:46 PM
Oh, Mike. I am so very sorry! And I know what it's like to have happen on a special day like that. I buried my mother Christmas Eve day. It took years to get past that. Tell your sister she'll need to rejoice on that day, in the life her mother gave her.

You are all in my prayers.

Posted by: MDF3530 03-Aug-2010, 04:01 PM
QUOTE (WallaceGal @ 03-Aug-2010, 04:46 PM)
Oh, Mike. I am so very sorry! And I know what it's like to have happen on a special day like that. I buried my mother Christmas Eve day. It took years to get past that. Tell your sister she'll need to rejoice on that day, in the life her mother gave her.

You are all in my prayers.

I know how that is too. One of my grandparents died on Christmas Eve. Our Christmas dinner that year was eaten at a truck stop somewhere in Iowa.

Posted by: MDF3530 04-Aug-2010, 06:35 PM
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=ruth-a-fangman&pid=144475474&fhid=2596

Posted by: MDF3530 07-Aug-2010, 08:34 PM
Today was Mom's funeral. It was very heart-wrenching.

We were surprised, and touched, by the number of people who showed up for both the wake last night and the funeral today.

At the luncheon after the graveside service, I saw something that reminded me of Mom. Someone had ordered a Manhattan on the rocks. That was Mom's cocktail of choice.

Posted by: Patch 08-Aug-2010, 02:29 AM
That is good. Our departed family members and friends continue so long as we keep the memories. You and your family have my deepest sympathy.

Slàinte,    

Patch    

Posted by: MDF3530 08-Aug-2010, 11:00 PM
Article on my mom in the local newspaper:

http://www.southtownstar.com/news/2573878,080810lifestory.article

Posted by: gaberlunzie 09-Aug-2010, 02:15 PM
Mike, my sincere condolences, I`m so sorry to hear that, it saddens me. My heart and my prayers go out to you and your family.
Those whom we loved so dearly during their and our life time are never far from us. Their names are written in our hearts and now there is one more angel watching over you.

Posted by: MDF3530 09-Aug-2010, 03:12 PM
I'll be participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Light The Night Walk" on September 25th in honor of my mom. Donations will be appreciated.

http://pages.lightthenight.org/il/ChicagoL10/MFangman

Posted by: Lady-of-Avalon 09-Aug-2010, 06:44 PM
There is no words of comfort one can say in moments like this except to offer you my sincere condolences to you and your family Mike and hope that you'll find peace in the good memories.

LOA

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