I've been up-and down emotionally as of late. People who frequent my LJ know why.
For those of you who don't, I'll nutshell it.
My mother has been dealing with cancer for the past... nine years. It's really rare, and only a couple hundred people in the WORLD have it. People with it generally don't last past five years.
About three weeks ago, my mother was classified as terminal.
A few days later, she was sort of upgraded to borderline; not terminal, but still bad off.
Off and on over the past couple of weeks, she's had to go into the hospital a few times, because one of the tumors keeps pushing against her intestine and causing a partial blockage. She goes into the hospital for a few days, then comes out okay, only to go back a few days later with the same thing.
At this point... she's considered terminal again. Chemotherapy isn't helping, and she's goign to have exploratory surgery on Monday to see if there's a way AROUND the tumor, so she won't have the blockage for however long she's still alive, which could be weeks, or even months. No one is sure.
So if you read this, please -- no matter what faith you follow, or even if you don't follow one at all -- say a prayer or keep a kind thought for my mother. She could use all the help she can get right now.
And talk to your own parents. Give them a hug. Tell them how much you love them, even though you don't show it all that often.
I'm going to do it for as long as I'm able.