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I started my vacation today, and was looking very forward to a visit from my brother. However, several things happened today to put a screeching halt to my original vacation plans. First of all, my mother (who has very precarious health due to kidney disease) is very, very ill and I think should be in the hospital. With recent changes to Medicare, she doesn't feel she can afford it, and I am terrified for her.

Secondly, my nephew went to an eye doctor today for a routine visit, and after an exam, was sent immediately to a hospital where an MRI was done, and it was found that he has a brain tumor. He is only in his 20's, and we are all terrified because we don't know whether the tumor is benign or malignant, and whether the surgery will be dangerous. From what I understand, this tumor is located about in the middle of the brain.

Third, the cat I've been nursing back to health (Liam) for the past few months had a relapse today, and while he back on treatment, I can clearly see that he isn't looking good and I may lose him.

As many of you know, I had an absolutely horrible year last year, and I was (literally) praying that 2011 would be a kinder year. I could sure use any prayers that any of you may have to spare.

I thought about canceling my week of vacation, but then realized I might be needed to help my family, so I will remain off work . . . but, that will be all my vacation for the year, and it sure wasn't what I had in mind. I won't mind that, though, if all comes out all right.

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Rhonda, prayers are definitely being sent up for you and yours. So sorry to hear all that you are going through, but do know you have many here who will be keeping you in their thoughts and prayers...

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Rhonda, I'm so sorry for all that you have to deal with. For specifics R/T Medicare, www.medicare.gov can probably answer some of the questions about your Mom's coverage and what is covered and what is not covered. A lot depends on any supplemental policy for part B. I believe you can access "Medicare & You 2011" on line also. Please remember to take care of yourself. Janet

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Oh dear, this is dreadful...Everyone here is sending prayers up for you..try to be strong. Whatever you do, don't drop out of the forum. You have friends here who care about you..and you need them around you.

Many hugs. Hang in there, hon.

Jeanne

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Rhonda, you and your family are in our prayers. Talk about being so low that the only direction is up -- it's only got to get better from here, doesn't it? We're pulling for you.

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Thank you all so much for your kindness. I have been in tears all night . . . my nephew is dreading his ordeal, and he, his parents, and all the rest of my family are deeply fearful of the outcome . . . my cat (Liam) has been worsening by the moment and I fear his time on this earth is literally in the moments now . . . my Mother still feels horrible and I cannot imagine how my family could ever live without her - especially myself. She has always been. not only my caring mother, but my best friend.

I feel myself sinking into despair, despite my resolve to "be strong" for my family.

I am in this deep abyss, and I don't know how to climb out. I feel cursed, afraid, and weak . . . and I hate feeling this way.

I thank you all so much for your caring messages, and especially for your prayers. My family is truly struggling in a quagmire of despair, and any loving prayers we can get are deeply appreciated and most certainly needed. I am 50, but I feel as if I have weathered an eternity already. There is nothing left - I must rely on faith to sustain me and those I love. I know that those of you who who have survived these hellish depths understand.

Your friendship, caring, and prayers are all so deeply appreciated. I will certainly keep you posted as the resolutions to these situations are resolved . . . regardless of HOW they are resolved.

So tired, but looking forward to better days . . .

Rhonda

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Hopelessness and despair are a terrible place to be but know that it does pass.

Have Faith to know that what will be-will be and there is always a higher power

to rely on for strength. Keep in touch when you can and know that we send

many prayers to you and your family. :)

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Here's an update:

* My nephew has been seen by a specialist this morning, and is awaiting a surgical date at the hospital. My entire family is praying for his surgery to go safely, and for the tumor to be benign. The enormity and fear of the situation has really hit him this morning (he's never had any surgery before) and he is really getting nervous. We are all, too, but are trying to be strong for him.

* My cat, Liam, is an in-patient at the animal hospital, is on I.V.'s and catherization, and I am praying for his return to good health. I really can't afford another huge vet bill, but what can I do? The poor little fellow was supremely displeased at me for taking him back to "that place", but I knew he was going to need more help than I could give him.

* My mother seems to be feeling some better, but I am keeping tabs on her via telephone because I know that if she gets worse again, I will need to drive up and make her go to the hospital.

Did I mention that this sure wasn't the "vacation" I had planned on???

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Hi Rhonda, sorry to hear of your run of bad news and my thoughts are with you. Don't forget to take care of yourself as well as all those you care for during your vacation - it's easy to forget your own needs.

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Rhonda, I am so sorry to read about your troubles, and you are in my prayers. Do take at least a few minutes each day to do something nice for yourself. Listen to your favorite song, put an extra sweetener packet in your coffee, take a little extra time smoothing your face with moisturizer. Whatever little niceties you can think of. Mini hugs to you! ((((()))))

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