ustin: It’s late at night, and Mom is coughing and clearing her throat. She is not getting better – rather, slowly but progressively getting worse. “When is your consultation for radiation therapy?” I asked yesterday. It’s apparently not until the first week of February. Well, that’s not very good. She’s ill now. We discussed radioactive pellets that are sometimes used, but the tumour is apparently too big for that. I told Mom that I wish she’d use whatever money is at her disposal to try for alternative therapy … now. She doesn’t believe in “that sort of thing”, so she will not try it. I’m afraid she cannot get a decent night’s sleep these days because of this, and it appears to be getting worse week by week.