Topic: My Dad's story - 83 years young and this happens
My name is Barb. Ouramazingly "young at heart" Dad was recently diagnosed with CC. Days before he went into the hospital you would have thought he was at most in his early 70's....and now his age is certainly showing. At the moment he isn't displaying the symptoms, other than obvious weight loss. Once the stent went in to relieve the jaundice he improved greatly. We've just finished our first cycle of dr. appoints, regular G.P., Surgeon, Oncologist. The plan seems to be to leave well enough alone until such time that systems appear again, and then we'll need to discuss pallative chemo. I'm frustrated that there seems to be no "steps in between". I can understand that the chemo would be rough on him and why "upset the apple cart" when he's feeling not too badly, but it is so painful to watch him slowly go downhill. Does anyone have experience dealing with the dreadful disease in an elderly parent. How do you cope?I should also mention that as well as caring for Dad, we have 3 children under 6 and both of us work full time....talk about your "sandwich generation". My priority is and always will be family....but I'm starting to feel stretched to the max, but feel guilty for even thinking this.