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28 August 2006 @ 07:16 pm
This definitely falls into the "Thank Goodness" category!  
My Mom is a very typical Japanese woman... She never wants to make a big deal about anything health related because she's SO ashamed to go to the doctor and draw attention to it when it could turn out to be nothing. Well, on the 4th of July when we all went to the in-laws house for lunch, she showed me a little mole on her leg.

It was tiny, but oddly shaped and I told her she should get it checked out. Of course, being the typical Japanese woman that she is, she didn't want to make a special trip to see her doctor to tell him to look at it. "When I go for my blood test, I'll ask him to look at it," she told me. Thankfully she kept her word and he referred her to a dermatologist.

All last week she kept telling me that she didn't think she needed to go and that it was such a minor thing that she was embarrassed to have to go all the way there just for that. Well, THANK GOODNESS she went because that mole thingy on her leg turned out to be cancerous!

Thankfully, the doctor removed it while she was in the office and aside from a little pain and a big hole in her leg (her words, not mine) she seems to be doing fine. I was pretty shocked when she told me - I'd already lost one parent to cancer and I don't know what I'd do if something horrible happened to her... She had to sit through some of my scolding, but basically it was me just telling her how thankful I was that they caught it right away. My Mom is one of THE MOST stubborn people around, and something tells me that I'll have to remind her of this incident the next time she doesn't want to go to the doctor to have something checked.

But, I have to say it again... THANK GOODNESS!!
 
 
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karen: jersey boys daniel singwakedistracted on August 29th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
I'm so, so glad your mom is okay, Sheri. That must have been so scary! *hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much Karen!! It was very scary to think what might've happened. Big *HUGS* to you!!!
Kayleakaylea on August 29th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
I'm glad that everything turned out ok! I love your mom even though she doesn't even know me at all. (she reminds me of my own so much, It's kinda like you and I are related even though we aren't?) Well, in any case again, I'm just glad she's OK. :)

*hugs to you*

Mel
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
In a way, I think many Japanese mothers are similar. :) Thanks for your good thoughts, Mel. I'm just so thankful that she's okay! :) *HUGS*
Care: Bear loves Kitty Catcareleswhisper on August 29th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
I am so glad your mom is ok, Sheri!!! :) Thank Goodness is right!!! *BIGHUGS*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Carrie!! Big *HUGS* to you, too!!
kathyselden on August 29th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
Moles are scary! I'm glad she was able to get this one removed and hopefully all will be well.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Ashley!! I agree, they are scary -- you never know how dangerous they might be. :P I'm just so thankful that she's okay! :D Big *HUGS* to you!
kenna_clairkenna_clair on August 29th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
Thank also YOU for forcing her to go. The sad part is that she probably haven't learned her lesson and will do this again next time she finds something.
Sheri: Sydney *SIGH*shutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
I don't think she has learned her lesson. :P I will, at least, have this to mention, though the next time she tries to give me a hard time about going to the doctor. ;)
ajayne on August 29th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
Wow! I am so glad she got it taken care of, even if not as soon as you'd hoped. What a HUGE relief that they got it off her. *HUGS*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'm just so thankful that she went to the doctor when she did and that she's okay. :) Thanks so much for your comment, Andrea! Big *HUGS* to you!!
With a spark: Michi: close-upconchispa on August 29th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, I'm so glad she is OK! (((Hugs)))

Raising parents is such a difficult job... I can relate. My Dad is very stubborn and hates going to the doctors. It takes a major fight to get him to check something out. My Mom is always worried about inconveniencing others, so she'll not say anything or minimize her symptoms, which usually gets to the point of being really sick. It's so frustrating and at times scary! I hope your Mom listens to you better next time.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment!! I'm just so thankful that she's okay!! :) Big *HUGS* to you!!
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on August 29th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that your Mom kept her word and that everything turned out well!

And yes, I know about what you are talking - my father is very similar. Everybody around him is worried but he tells it's not so bad...

Big *hugs* to you, Sheri. And all the best to your Mom. I hope she does not have so much pain and that her leg will heal soon.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment, Sabine!! And it does sound to me as though your father is the same way. And thank you for your good thoughts for her - her leg is feeling much better. :) Big *HUGS* to you!!
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks Angela!! And I agree, you never know - it's so scary nowadays - I'm just so glad that she went to get it checked! Big *HUGS*
karmastyxkarmastyx on August 30th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad your mom finally went. That would be so scary! HUGS!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 2nd, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura!! It was very scary - I'm so glad she went to get it checked!! Big *HUGS* to you!