Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma – the reason my mother splatters her food

I asked my Mom today, what the most important thing to her right now was (after doing the 20 questions tag *smile*) and she replied without hesitation, “Tessa!”

My mother adores Tee so much that she spoils her with anything and everything Tee so desires. The day before yesterday, Tee got a new Leapfrog fridge word whammer and 3 large wall posters (2 ABC posters that we cut up into individual alphabets to make alphabet cards and 1 flags of the world poster for the toddler bedroom that she never sleeps in).

Yesterday, Tee got a new Thomas the Tank Engine Japanese train set. It’s really cool as it has an electronic baby train that moves! She already has the British version, the classic. The one with the wooden tracks and stations, like the one you see at Choo Choo Train. Only very spoilt children have those. Then she has a full wardrobe of clothes and not enough days to wear everything, not even half. We even have to label her wardrobe just so we can find things. So you see how my Mother spoils her……

Today, my Mother’s tongue was bleeding. For awhile now, she splatters her food sometimes when she eats because she has no control over the muscles on half her tongue. She kept absorbing the blood with some cotton buds when she finally asked me to check what it was. When I saw her tongue, I was horrified.

I was looking at raw craters of pus under her tongue (one of which was bleeding) and then two thirds of her tongue was swollen and deformed. It wasn’t one big blob kind of swollen. It was a tongue that was forced with various sized objects within it’s already small area; and the objects looked like they were dying to come out, pushing against her stretched tongue skin. It looked fucking painful.

My Mom has had cancer for five years now and still going strong although she is in pain everyday. Every single fucking day. Her killer painkillers don’t help so I wonder why they call it pain killers. They should call it pain pringles or body harmers.

I wish I could do something to lessen the pain. I wish I had enough jokes to tell her to take her mind off it. I wish she had a support group of people who are going though the same thing but it is such a rare form of cancer that in Malaysia alone, only a handful of cases exist. And I wish she could live for another thirty years, for I cannot imagine my life without her. At all.

What more with Tee? It would kill her too. For sure.

Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.

Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.

She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.

A beautiful life without limits.

Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.

For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840
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  1. I’m really sorry to hear about your mom. I wouldn’t know what I’d do without my mom too. She’s the only person who I would entrust my kids with should I leave this world earlier.

    Here in KK, alot of cancer patients are taking his vitamins. The testimonies are all positive. Some even stopped taking their painkillers and just maintained taking these supplements.

    I’m not one to promote stuff, but I’ve seen miraculous developments in my nephew who was very sick ever since birth. He had alot of complications but these supplements have made him battle it, I believe.. He is now getting better and just turned 2 years old last week.

    Anyways, just a little info for you.. Hope your mother will be able to conquer her sickness to see your little Tee grow up.. *hugs*

  2. I just read about it and it is an uncommon type of cancer. Your mom is one tough lady.

  3. It pains me so much…….I truly wish I could help her ease her pain..

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