When I called my mom, she tried to sound normal, as if nothing were the matter. "To what do I owe this unexpected pleasure?" she asked. I explained that my sister had called to tell me the news. My mom didn't want to tell me. She didn't want anything to worry or distract me during my trip to London. It floors me, a mother's love, to be thinking of my needs at a time when her needs should be foremost.
We don't know any further details. I know that the tumor is on the left side of the neck, about halfway between the collarbone and the mandible. Based on the location, I would guess it's something lymphatic. But I shouldn't guess. She's going to talk to her doctor tomorrow to get more information and will schedule an appointment with an oncologist. I told her to call me when she finds out more.
Those of you who believe in a higher power, I'd like to ask a favor if I may: if you could send a few prayers her way, I'd be most appreciative. Thank you.