I went with another friend of mine and Linda's to go visit her yesterday. It was the first time I saw a twinkle in her eye and a smile in a long time! (I don't think it was from the tiramisu cheese cake, was it?)
They have taken her off of the oxygen and IV meds. She was retaining a LOT of fluid! Now the puffiness in her face and everywhere has gone down. She was able to do some steps without the oxygen on! That is a major accomplishment.
Linda's heart has permanent damage. She will never be the same "old" Linda. Her daughter did some research on how the heart disease was caused by the chemo drugs and it is a really small percentage of people that this happens to. Linda just drew the "not so golden" ticket. She is being very strong and blunt about her condition. Right now they have to get her heart stabilized and the breast cancer is way on the back burner. There is more chance that she could die of the heart condition than the cancer.
Linda has had many visitors. She is okay on her own though and doesn't mind being alone. She is very bored and used to always doing something. I hope she doesn't over do it when she gets home!
She could be coming home today. They will keep her on oral medications, pro-time labs and echocardiograms can be done at our home town hospital. She will be following up with the specialists in Milwaukee though!
I have known Linda as long as she has been married....24 years? She married my younger sister's husband (we love to tell people that!). My younger sister had passed away from a three year battle with breast cancer that had spread throughout her body. Kevin remarried. The kids were small. He was young. We didn't want to like Linda. She certainly didn't want to like us! Linda and I went for lunch and decided that it was not her fault that Wendy died, and not my fault that I was her sister, and Linda has been a dear friend and member of our family ever since. My mom even thought of her as another daughter.
Many years ago Linda and I both sold Avon. One of the ladies had a friend who had a pontoon and we all went on a ride. Weren't we some hot chicks? It looks like 1996! How time flies!
I have accepted her condition and have given it to God. I will stay strong for my friend and be by her side.