Hi everyone. Laura here. It's been a while.
My mother Diane and I had so much fun with this blog in its heyday. We went to so many restaurants, had many delicious meals, and made a bunch of new foodie friends.
On December 7, 2018, a tumor was discovered on my mother's pancreas. After having a few scans, it was determined that the tumor was cancerous, and the cancer had spread to other organs. She was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer - a terminal diagnosis. We were lucky if we were going to have 3-6 months left with Mom. My family and I were absolutely devastated.
Despite the prognosis of this metastatic disease, my mother pressed on with chemotherapy and palliative care and we were able to have her with us for 16+ months; the majority of that time she spent in fairly good health, with a very positive outlook. In the early morning hours of April 30, my mother fell in the home. An ambulance was called and it was determined that she had a stroke. A blood clot was removed from her brain, and we decided that - because the cancer had spread and with the new complications of having had a stroke - she would be transitioning to hospice care at home.
On the morning of May 4, she was awake and talking to the nurses. During her morning care, she became unresponsive. After a scan of the brain, two more clots were discovered - one on either side of the brain. The doctors said that even if she did recover, the chances of the clots reappearing again was extremely high. We decided to bring Mom home, where she spent her final days as she wanted to - comfortable in her own environment, surrounded by her loved ones - and passed away on May 7, exactly 17 months from the date of diagnosis.
Many thanks to everyone who read this blog and who supported Mom in her cancer battle. I have no plans to take this site down. It will live on in her memory.