Aug 13 2015
We’ve been on a roller coaster ride over the last seven months, since my last entry. My mom was slowly healing and getting her strength back after the ordeal in the hospital. She was continuing her treatment of afatinib and erbitux. The side effects were rough although she did not lose her hair. By this…
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 16 2014
“I am not my hair. I am not my skin. I am the soul that lives within”. – India Arie
Tarceva was the miracle pill that extended my mom’s life for another year with minimal side effects. We had started to see another doctor in Bellingham as the commute from Vancouver to Burlington was taking a…
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,…