You never know when life is going to throw you a curve ball. You can plan for something to happen down to the dotted line, but a simple phone call can change your whole perspective on life.
In August 2017, my mother went to a doctor, complaining about lower back pain. After tests and a scan later, it turned out her appendix had ruptured and needed to be taken out. As the doctors started her procedure to remove the appendix, they looked at her with concern, as they noticed small dark specs around her gallbladder and intestines. We were told my mother had PMP cancer (Pseudomyxoma peritonei), which is a slow growing cancer that can begin with tumors in the appendix but can spread to other organs.