I was at a gathering of friends last night. Bad news. This is a good news/bad news story where it is challenging to be happy about the good news portion. Friends with a daughter that is a frequent playmate for our older son shared:
Good news - They are pregnant and expecting their second child.
Bad news - Two lumps on a breast were found to be malignant. The extent the Cancer has metastasized is unknown given that they were not able to perform an MRI becuase of the fetus.
Upside: They found it early and the lumps were small.
Downside: Anesthesia could affect both the mother and fetus.
Recommendation: Surgery - lump-ectomy. Follow the lymphnodes to be sure to remove all the cancer. This surgery has a high rate of succes. Happens this friday.
All around, hugs and tears. Just offered to sit their daughter any length of day on Friday should they need the support.
Any other suggestions on how to help when Cancer Hits would be greatly appreciated. This is my first close call with the stuff since my Sister had her thyroid removed about 10 years ago (still cancer free). Although it is not our family that is working through it, these are very close friends and we want to be supportive without being intrusive.
Sorry for the somber post, but thanks in advance for advice.
This a reminder that we are all mortal and politics don't always matter.