Apr 01 2015
The month my mom spent in hospice care was tough on the whole family. We thought it was the end for her. I was doing my research on what to do if someone dies at home, in another country, crematory services, etc. I felt like a heavy, dark cloud of death was hanging over our…
Mar 09 2015
Out of the hospital and straight into hospice. During her five-day stay, she was treated for a liver biopsy, bleeding in her abdominal cavity, and a pulmonary embolism (blockage of an artery in the lung caused by blood clots), which led to an inferior vena cava filter implant. My mom was so weak after the…
Jan 22 2015
My mom’s recent cat scan had shown significant growth in her liver and she was not coping with the side effects of the afatinib tablets. The doctor initially put her on 40mg daily. Within a few days her face had completely swollen up so much that she could barely open her eyes. There were two…
Jan 07 2015
Remember when I mentioned I let go of the role of irritated daughter and embraced compassionate caregiver? Well, I reversed the roles again.
There is a Japanese expression called “wagamama”, meaning spoiled brat, which is what I will use to call myself periodically. It is also a noodle house in London (not a very good one…
Dec 11 2014
My mom, Michiko (Miki) Suwa Gorman was diagnosed with metastasized lung cancer four years ago. My mom is a two time Boston and New York Marathon winner and author. You can read her bio on Wikipedia.
I’ve started documenting my mom’s journey for my own therapy and am sharing our experience including the dark moments, tears,…