Today we had to take my 82 year old mom to the hospital because she was having difficulty breathing. Chest x-ray and CAT scan show a mass on her lungs that the doctor feels sure is cancer. They will do a biopsy Tuesday. Here's the worst part of it: she has never been a smoker, nor has she ever lived with one. Just doesn't make sense. My dad died 2 years ago and they had been married 55 years. We just helped her buy a condo and she was planning to move in 3 weeks. I hate that this is happening to my mom. I dread watching her struggle to breathe and suffering through treatments (if she chooses to do any.) This has all happened so suddenly. Now for another complication: we are scheduled to leave for Disney in less than a week. My siblings say I should go on with my vacation, because my mom will need me more as things progress, but I hate to leave her. I know we have a long road ahead of us though, so I guess I will take the time away with my family. My son and grandkids are looking forward to the trip and I want to share it with them. I'm so glad that I took Mom on a vacation last year to visit her friend in CT. She had such a good time. We can never know how much time we have left, so we need to make the most of every minute.