The passing of my mom
by Jeremy Lizzotte
(Fairfield, Maine USA)
I am 23 years old, my name is Jeremy. In July of '08, I was in the hospital for 2 weeks due to pancreatitis, and my mom was there every day. She worked at the hospital I was at, but she was on vacation. Even on vacation she would still go to her workplace to visit me all day, every day. She was such an incredible person.
After I got out of the hospital, she went in. She was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic cancer. They started her on chemo and and radiation. That started helping and the cancer didn't seem to hurt so bad.
For Christmas, she and I and my aunt and uncle drove down to Alabama to stay with my other aunt
(We live in Maine). While we were down there, we were both in a lot of pain. I went into the ER for 2 days for another pancreatitis issue.
When we got back, she went back to the hospital, she needed more chemo and radiation. From the start of that treatment, her body didn't handle it well. She collapsed on the ground, and I had to rush her to the ER. They kept her for a couple weeks and then brought her to a rehabilitation center for a month.
She got home and she was doing fine using a walker she had to wheel around. By October, she was bed-ridden and wasn't able to get out of bed.
Mom passed away October 27th, a year and 2 months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The sad thing is I am an only child, and my girlfriend is having a baby in Febuary. I wish every day that my mom could have met my daughter. She was so excited when I told her about the pregnancy, but she passed away 4 months before the baby is due.
I hope after reading this, this helps me get over the death of my mom, because there isn't a day that goes by that my eyes dont tear up, thinking about her.