My mom has carcinomatous meningitis. She only has about three months left to live. The cancer is affecting her brain and I'm sure she's scared. I'm not sure if her current attitude is a coping mechanism, caused by the surgery that put a shunt in her head, or caused by the disease itself but she is downright hilarious. I talked to her on the phone today and she had me laughing the whole time. She's silly and goofy, childlike at times, and doesn't care what anyone thinks. She even used the expression "gag me with a spoon" which I hadn't heard in years and cracked me up.
Part of the top of her head is shaved where they put the shunt in and she told me that it was driving her crazy to have some hair so she was going to shave it all off. She declared that she was going to put a picture of her scalp with staples in it as her Facebook profile. I told her that would freak people out to which she replied, "I'm 60, I can do whatever I want." What could I do but laugh and agree?
The last time I saw my mom, I was worried it would be the last time she saw me. Now I feel like she is back and we've been given yet another chance. I have decided not to cry or be sad (easier said than done) because I want to laugh with her and enjoy every minute I have left with my goofy mom.