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    Re: Cancer

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    Ah, my mistake. I read that age thing wrong.

    So is it lung cancer or has the cancer just metastasized to her lungs? Both cancers can reportedly be caused by smoking.

    And if it's metastasized to the lungs, I'd REALLY consider the palliative direction. Quality over quantity any day as far as I'm concerned.
    I'm sorry to say that I do not have all the details. On the day of the results she didn't even want to let my dad go into the doctor's office.

    Anyways your advice makes a lot of sense, but it's not exactly appropriate at this time. Thing is, that is the exact advice I would have given too if I was you. But now is not the right thing to do I guess.

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    Re: Cancer

    That's rough but I am not sure I would blame the Dr's. Pancreatic cancer is hard to catch.

    My own parents started in the liver but by the time they found it it had also moved to other organs, plural. As I said nothing could be done.

    If your mom is going to fight it you need to be really positive and not stay angry at anyone. The biggest difference between the ones who make it and the ones that don't is attitude plain and simple. Be positive and surround her with love and beauty. It could make all the difference... and don't be afraid to e-mail me anytime you want.

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    Re: Cancer

    Thank you Arri. I didn't make this thread to ask the world to feel bad for me, that's definitely not my intention. Just wanted to know how people handled and any type of treatment their love ones might have used.

    We as a family is handling this actually pretty well, despite the fact that we all know that we're all scared shitless inside and no one is saying it. Just very unhappy at how doctors don't treat someone's life with seriousness. Apparently there's a treatment out there that is "just as good" without most of the pain and is FDA approved. A doctor that really cared would have recommend that to us. Nope, we didn't find out until my aunt brought it up and and family friend in Hong Kong confirmed it. I guess you do get what you pay for. Cheap insurance, garbage doctors and nurses doing their 9-5s.

    So yeah she goes though Chemo tomorrow, and we'll see.

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    Re: Cancer

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    Just wanted to know how people handled and any type of treatment their love ones might have used.
    Scarves. One of the hardest things for women going through chemo is the loss of their hair and feeling like they are no longer attractive. Beautiful scarves they can wear on their heads make a huge difference. My cousin contributed her favorite to the next relative who went through it and it was very appreciated. There are also charities that donate wigs to chemotherapy patients.

    Laugh daily. Energy is non-existent in the midst of treatment, humorous videos and other similar entertainment keeps the mind alert when the body isn't and helps keep things positive.

    Be very careful about not exposing them to illness and wash your hands often without making a huge deal out of it.

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    That's about all the advice I can about family going through Chemo. Anyone else?

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    Re: Cancer

    The hair issue is indeed especially important for women (unless your mother is one of the few women who willingly go for the bald hairstyle). Wigs and/or headwear are pretty much all you can do about that.
    The other major side effects are nausea, exhaustion and generally feeling like shit. People usually get pills prescribed for that but it still won't be a walk in the park.

    Depending what kind of woman your mother is the best you and other family members can do is give her enough TLC.

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    Re: Cancer

    To be more specific to someone who has family going through it well... let me just add don't be afraid to let yourself cry when you need to but then move on.

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    Re: Cancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Arrianna View Post
    To be more specific to someone who has family going through it well... let me just add don't be afraid to let yourself cry when you need to but then move on.
    I dunno, I feel like if I cry that means I admit that we have lost. The battle just started so I'm not gonna mess with the mojo.

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    Re: Cancer

    One thing that can help again has to do with the hair. You lose a lot of heat through the head. One specific thing that helped was one of those "Towel Genie" things that you're supposed to wrap your hair in when it's wet. It keeps the head warm, looks like you just got out of the shower and washed your hair, covers the head, and has weight to it. My grandma had very long hair, so the weight helped her feel normal. Another thing she did was get a very short, very nice haircut so the shock of losing her hair wouldn't be as bad. She really treated herself and tried a style she would have never tried otherwise.

    About crying, what I do when I need to is I say "I'm taking 2 hours to feel sorry for myself/ anyone around me. After that time, I'll have all those feelings out and I can go back to being strong." I tell everyone I'm taking a nap, don't bother me, and after I feel much better.
    "So take a piece, but not too much."

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