I want to thank everyone who said such kind words. It does help. I will try to get back to each of you.
Not much of a real post today. It was a long day waiting to see how my mom would be. They opened her throat up and took out a bunch of growths and her thyroid. On the positive side, she is doing well, nothing went wrong during the surgery, and the didn't nick her vocal cords so she can still talk. Overall, very successful. We do have to wait to find out if the growths were cancerous or not. On the down side, she is in a lot of pain and she's having to learn to swallow and cough all over again.
So today was a success. My mom is doing good and I am very glad she is around to annoy me for many more years to come. :)