Hi everyone. I am very new to this and I don't really know where to begin. I am 22 years old, I just got married a few weeks ago. Now, introducing myself I can say that I am my moms patient advocate..a role that I never thought I would be enduring. Last weekend I took my mom into the hospital for confusion and weakness on her right side. She has Multiple Sclerosis so we assumed that her symptoms were because of that. Little did we know that later that night we would learn that she has stage 4 lung cancer that has met to her brain. After being transported to a larger hospital late that evening, we were told that she would have surgery to remove the mass in her brain the next morning..which they did. They said they were able to get everything they could see out. The doctors are assuming she will start full body chemo to treat the lung mass and radiation to remove what is left in her brain.
I am young, but I am smart, capable and ready to do whatever it takes. My mom is my best friend. She always has been and always will be. She is the type of mom everyone dreams of having. So full of life and has made an impact on everyones life she comes across.
It is very difficult for me to take in help from others. The same day my mom was diagnosed, my grandpa passed away. The day I was able to bring her home after surgery was the day of his visitation. I learned that I do not trust ANYONE besides me to handle her care or medications. I know her so well I can tell whats going on with her before she even realizes...
Why I'm writing...
I want to know as much as I possibly can on how to fight this with her. I want to know alternative treatments, I want second opinions, information on diet, therapy and anything and everything I can possibly do and I want to absorb as much information as I can to do everything in my power to fight with her, because all my life she has fought with me.
Please let me know if anyone has any tips, recommendations, things they have heard, read or learned about alternative or added treatment options that can help the cancer, the process with radiation or chemo or anything in between. Even if it is a ointment, brain exercise, whatever it may be.