medical history

So I was talking to my mom and told her that I told my sister she has to take her health very seriously, especially anything that could remotely relate to cancer, “because you do have a grandmother who died of lung cancer, Sizzle.”

“And which grandmother would that be?” asked my mother.
“Um… your mom? Mammy? She died of lung cancer.”
“Nnn… No, I’m not sure she did.”
“She didn’t? All these years, I thought that’s how she died. Twenty-seven years, I’ve been telling doctors that’s how she died. How did she die, then?”
“You know, I’m not really sure. My doctor asked me the same thing yesterday, and I couldn’t tell him, either. I think it was something to do with her liver.”
“Well, that would be good information to tell my doctors. They would take me more seriously about Lupus. Was she a big drinker?”
“No, not at all. She did eat a lot of bacon, though.” LOL. “That’s what I like to tell my doctors.”
And then I brought up a certain other person in the family history that we should maybe worry about and asked if that person died of lung cancer, because I thought that was the case, but hey, I’d also always thought my grandmother had died of cancer.
Bikermommy said, “I’m not really sure about that one, either, but she drank and smoked all the time. She’s another one who died really fast.”
“Did Mammy die fast?” At this point, I was still baffled by the fact that I don’t know how my grandmother died.
“Yeah, from diagnosis until the time she died was about three weeks.”
“Well, was she sick for a while before she got diagnosed, though?” I asked.
My mom said, “No, not really. She did have a little heart trouble, though. Just some palpitations.”
I said, “Oh, like [another person in our family]. But the doctors are so much better today and have much better equipment.”
“Much better.”
“Ok, so you never wanted to know how she died? You didn’t think that was important? Like for your medical history or anything like that?”
“I guess I just… no, not really. I never really asked. I always thought it was her liver. I should probably find that out.”
“Yes, ok. So you let me know when you find out.”

??? It’s so weird. I don’t even know how my grandmother died. I wonder if it’s true that she died when I was three.

2 Responses to medical history

  1. i guess i am not one of those believers that what your parents had you will die of. i asked your crazy aunt wanda and she said she knew it was from complications of cancer. i believe stomach cancer but not the kind people pass down. this was the wall of her stomach. back to my original theory that too much bacon will kill you. that and three packs of camels and 5 pots of coffee a day. none of those traits were passed down to me or to my children so i think we are okay. plus my great grandmother lived to the age of 98 and my grandmother lived to the age of 96 and my dad is 83 so i’m clinging to THAT side of the family.
    love you!

  2. Sarah, Mammy died of stomach cancer. The cancer had actually formed the wall of her stomach. I’m sure her smoking and caffeine habits had something to do with how she died, but she didn’t have lung cancer. Kerri’s heart problems might posibly be inherited, but we don’t know for sure at this point. As far as I know, there is no Lupus in the family. Craziness ( bikermommy ), but no Lupus. Mammy made many trips to the hospital before she died with different illnesses, heart, gall bladder, blood pressure, etc., but your mom is right about the length of time—approximately 2 weeks from time of diagnosis until she passed away. Hope this helps–love you—Aunt Wanda