Topic: Just wanted to introduce myself
I am from Phoenix and my father was diagnosed with CC October of 2007. He had been complaining to his dr. how horrible he was feeling and they kept telling him it was allergies. Finally he turned yellow and was forced to go to the hospital. It took about 4 days for them to tell us it was cholangiocarcinoma. Our surgeon said the only hope was surgery as the tumor was stuck in his bile duct blocking the flow. He said he would not know if it was operable until he opened him up. If they could not preceed they said it was only a matter of a couple months before he would pass. I was 6 months pregnant at the time with twin girls. These would be my parents first grandchildren. The thought of my father not meeting them was devasting. The surgeons gave my father a week to prep for surgery. They wanted him in good shape mentally, ready to fight. The surgery took 8 hours at which our surgeon said he stopped many times questioning if my father would make it. They kept him in ICU for a week. Seeing him after the surgery was devasting. I cry as I sit here and type because this is the first time I have spoken about it. He was in the hospital for a month at which my mom and 2 sisters spent eveyday 7-10 with him. He has been cancer free for a year now. Our family does not talk about it becasue it is too painful.
My love and prayers go out to all suffering from this nasty disease.