They said about 4 years ago that my Mom has an autoimmune disease. It is in the Lupus/Schleraderma family, but they can't really pinpoint what it is. It affects her lungs. She is losing elasticity in her lungs and the pressure in her lungs is really high. She can't take a shower or take clothes out of the dryer without getting winded.
They said that the chemo would help to slow the progress of the disease. She did chemo for 18 months and has been on steriods ever since. She is also diabetic, so she is very slow to heal.
They said last week that she had pleurisy. She was in alot of pain. Last Wendsday she sounded better. Thursday morning I called and she had just gotten out of the shower. She could hardly breathe and she just broke down. She was in a lot of pain, and was afraid she would become hooked on the pain meds. Friday she went to the doctor. They scheduled a bone scan for Monday because they thought that maybe she had cracked a rib.
They said it's not a cracked rib. And it wasn't pleurisy.
They said it's probably cancer.
They said they should be able to treat it with radiation.
They said they are going to do more test to see if it's anywhere else.