Welcome to my blog about my mom, Loretta, and our journey through learning of her cancer and treatment.

Just a little background. Mom is 61 and hadn't been to a doctor in about 18 years until this past June 2011. The reason for this is due to the surmountable cost of insurance, even when your spouse has insurance it can be cost prohibitive.
So, Mom finally got approved by JPS in June and it was a good thing too, she had Basil cell carcinoma on the bridge of her nose. She underwent surgery to remove the tumor and plastic surgery reconstruction. She also has high blood pressure and Thyroid problems. We thought she was finally getting the attention she was missing and was going to be OK. Boy were we mistaken.
Mom started having some abdominal pain the first of January 2012. After talking with her and the pain getting worse, she finally agreed that she needed to go to the clinic or ER.
The following blog posts chronicle the events since then. Future posts will continue to explain treatment, issues concerning her condition and general comments.
I appreciate you taking the time to learn about what it means to be diagnosed and this type of cancer. Mom has been a trooper so far, she says "I'll beat this".

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Loretta's Celebration

6/9/2012 - Saturday @ 2pm

What a blessed day. We had Mom's Celebration today. Rev. Carol West led us in a tribute prayer and then we released balloon's. We watched as they climbed higher and higher until they could no longer be seen.
Many attended this joyous day in memory of a woman who gave all, to everyone.
I honored Mom early this week with some new ink. She saw the design and loved it.
Thanks to all of you who made this a joyous tribute to Loretta's everlasting memory.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mom came home today

6/6/2012 - Wednesday

Mom's remains were brought home today. I'm glad that she is finally here with me.
There has been such an outpouring of love and support from everyone. It's been hard this past few days, but each day gets a little easier to deal with.
Saturday 6/9/2012 will be her Memorial party, or Celebration of Life.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Loretta Belcher 1950-2012

June 1, 2012 @ 6:30

Mom passed away this morning. I prayed so hard Thursday night that God would end her suffering and let her know that we would all be ok.
He answered my prayer. Even though it was hard knowing she was gone and watching them take her away. But I know in my heart she is in a better place and no longer in pain.
I miss her so much.