Review: Anne’s chemotherapy is no longer working. Her doctors will throw everything at the cancer: chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation, hoping the full assault will have an impact. The reality of the brutal, aggressive nature of leiomyosarcoma cannot be avoided any longer.
In the following weeks, Anne began the new chemo regimen, immunotherapy, and radiation. She received another blood transfusion and her pain meds were increased. She slept nearly all the time and became increasingly weak and confused.
She required care 24/7. Ray took a week off of work and asked his mother in Florida to come help as soon as possible. The day before she arrived, Ray took Anne to the hospital because she had a fever and chills.
Her latest blood tests were unexplainably abnormal. She had an infection of some sort and was put on IV antibiotics. Her pain meds were increased again so she slept mostly and was really “out of it.” She was not taking any visitors at the time. She would not be returning home.
Over the next ten days, Anne’s condition continued to deteriorate. Her sister flew in from Hawaii. She, Ray, Anne’s mother, and mother-in-law took turns staying by her side. Life is on hold- afraid to leave, unable to move forward. The waiting is excruciating as the emotions swirl: anger, sadness, relief, and worry.
Anne was placed in hospice care within the hospital. Pain meds were increased again. She became unresponsive. Her family agreed to some visitors. The infections were not responding to the antibiotics, requiring everyone to don protective clothing before entering. The only intervention now is saline to keep her veins open for the pain medications to work.
Anne passed away surrounded by loved ones on May 8th, 2019 at 2:30 pm.
Ray simply texted me, “She is done fighting. She is finally resting.”
Anne’s memorial information:
When: Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Manette Community Church
1137 Hayward Ave., Bremerton, WA. 98310
Donations in Anne’s memory can be made to the LeiomyoSarcoma Support and Direct Research Foundation @ lmsdr.org
Flowers can be sent in care of the Miller Woodlawn Funeral Home
Additional information can be found at: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/…/breme…/anne-becker-8319478
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