I got a clarification from my cousin's wife who has been taking my mom to her therapy and doctor appointments about the type of cancer she has.
Its small cell lung cancer.
That is very very VERY bad.
Even with treatment, once its outside the lung - 6-12 months typically with treatment; 6% survival rate beyond five years.
And its caused by smoking. And she's smoked for years.
She has Stage IV, but the oncologist is hopeful they can put it into remission. But curing it doesn't appear to be in the cards.
I lost my father June 19th to complications following a stroke caused by years of heart disease. He was 75. My mom is 73.
I don't care how much they kick, scream, and call you awful names... in retrospect, my late father and I should have made her life miserable when she refused to quit.
It goes without saying that I'm just crushed.