Update 10:30pm (CDT)

March 19th, 2008 by alison

It was so hard to leave Cathy yesterday.  If I could put everything in my life on hold I would and sit with her every moment she has left with us.  And that is what I did when I was there.  Sleep was unimportant.  Eating was unimportant.  Being there was all I wanted to do.  And I did it for hours and hours on end.Unfortunately I had to leave.  And leaving was heart wrenching.  I sobbed and bawled and snorted and cried.  And got on a plane.  Luckily another friend was with me from Cathy’s room all the way to Atlanta.  So we held on to each other.  I left her on the plane to run to my connecting flight.  And I sat at the gate and cried and cried and cried some more.  It’s amazing how everyone feels so comfortable to ignore a woman in such obvious pain and sorrow.Many flights later, I arrived in Chicago.  Still a mess and tired as hell.  I finally got some sleep and pulled it together a bit.  Until now I couldn’t put words together to write.  So I am sorry for being out of touch with everyone who so obviously wants information.  So here it finally is…..Cathy is still in the palliative care unit at MD Anderson.  She is a fighter - we all know that.  The goal is to have her discharged by the end of the week and moved to a hospice center nearby.  It is a wonderful place where Dan and Danny can stay with her full time.  I would love to tell all you that she is doing well, but it would not be completely truthful.  But be comforted in knowing that her care is the best.  And she is comfortable and surrounded by love.All the flowers and gifts everyone has sent have been so much appreciated and truly bring a smile to her face.  All the messages delivered through MD Anderson’s website are read to her and she loves hearing from everyone.Cathy still has her spunk.  She keeps the nurses on their toes and puts everyone in their place if they start to annoy her!  She lights up everytime Dan walks into the room.Now that I am no longer in Houston, I am being updated only when there is a significant change in her condition.  I will continue to update you with any information that I receive.  But if you hear nothing it means that Cathy is still hanging in there with all of her spunkiness!For those of you who continually ask “what can I do?” here is your answer.  Awhile back, we put together a fund account for Cathy and Dan.  All funds go to Cathy’s care and for little Danny.  It keeps Cathy in the best care possible and relieves the stress on everyone else.  So if you want to help, donations can be made via check to:The Cathy O’Brien Fight FundACCT 273 302 0321C/o Chase Bank6220 State Highway 6Missouri City, TX 77459Donations can also be made via a PayPal account where you can donate via credit card:Log onto: www.paypal.comClick on: “Send Money”Enter the email: fightfund@gmail.com, which is linked to Cathy’s fundFollow the prompts  

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One Response

  1. erock Says:

    if i had a nickel for every time i see cathy rolling her eyes at me in my mind every day, well… i would have to get one of those industrial coin rollers.

    so much love around her. i can “hear” it while talking to alison over the course of the week…

    airports are tough places, honey. the “business ghetto” — as i have called it in the past….

    stay strong.

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