Thursday, March 21, 2013

Update on Mama

Several of you have learned the news that my Mom was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago, and have sent words of sympathy and prayers. I hope you know that your compassion strengthens me greatly in this trial, even though I have not said anything on the topic via this blog. Please forgive the tardy and allow me a brief update of Mom's condition.

She has gone to see a cancer expert practicing traditional Chinese medicine and is now in the first phase of treatment consisting of twenty-one days of frequent daily dosages of two drugs. I wish I were better versed in traditional Chinese medicine to let you in on their contents. Although both my parents worked in medical profession all their lives, neither in traditional field. Most likely, though, they are concoctions of various herbal and animal parts, to be made into an utterly bitter, a dark dark and rather scary looking brew and drunk, while others come in the form of more benevolent-looking capsules. I was told that she takes one nine, the other thirteen times a day. She manages well with the help of a maid.

This past Monday I Skyped with my older sister. She said Mom is in good spirit, and there has been evidence of progress the doctor had prescribed. My niece Mimi, the only other practicing Christian in the family (not counting Mom and Dad who were confirmed Catholic by a priest during my last visit in 2012), has been praying the St. Peregrine Novena, as have I. Thanks to my dear friend Jan, for pointing me to this great Saint. He has been a major nerve calmer in these days of fear and anxiety.

Again, I'm grateful for your prayers more than you will ever know, and that is not an exaggeration.

Mama & me in front of her rose patch, June 2012






8 comments:

  1. What a lovely and heartwarming photo! You look just like your mom :)

    Thanks for the update. And I, for one, would be real interested in knowing the ingredients of the medicine!

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  2. Thanks, friend! I know, even I catch myself looking "just like" Mom. I also think I've inherited her joy.

    I doubt we'll ever know the ingredients of the medicine, it's said to be family secret handed down the generations. Mostly we're hoping more for ease of pain, possibly delaying the inevitable, more than a complete cure. But I will not discount what good St. Peregrine can do! Let God's will be done, but let let Peregrine intercede.

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  3. That is a nice photo. God bless her and give her strength.

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    1. Thank you, Manny, for your kind wishes!

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  4. Like others, Lin, I love the picture of you with your mom. I pray she is blessed with healing and good health!

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  5. Thank you so much, Jane my friend! Your prayers are very appreciated and needed.

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  6. Izzy, if you have the time, you must read this beautiful conversion story. It touched my heart.
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/2187/Pope_Benedict_XVIs_First_Convert.aspx#.UW6pSL9qtSV

    Hope your mother is improving. My continued prayers for her.

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    1. Thank you for the story! What an unusual, surprising, special journey he took. I miss our Papa Ratzinger although I like Papa Francis very well too.

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