Topic: MY DAD
I have been reading alot of posts on this site for about 2 months ( I wish I had found it sooner) because there is so much information on here. I am from Toronto, Canada and my father was first digonsed in September of 2007. Before that he was a strong, healthy man who always went for check-ups and tests. 6 months before he was diagnosed our family doctor sent him to a specialist for gallbladder stones. The specialist saw that there were stones but told him if they don't bother you (which they didn't) we don't need to do anything. (I am convinced that that is what led to this cancer) Anyway when he was diagnosed in September of 2007, we had taken him to the emergency room for pain (we thought it was the gallstones) they did a cat scan and biopsy and 3 days later said it was cancer, stage 4 - and refered him to Princess Margaret Hospital - shortly after he was started on chemo (which they said was palliative) and was on the chemo till december of 2008 - he had great quality of life and was feeling good. In Late december of 2008 they stopped the chemo because it was no longer working. from then on he started going downhill. In late january they did a round of radiation (which did not help him at all) At this point he was in alot of pain, had lost alot of weight, was depressed and could not sleep. On February 9th, he had an appointment to see the palliative doctor at Princess margaret, she changed his pain meds from morphine to dalaid and it helped immensely by the 11th of February he was doing great, he looked great, was eating. they did a cat scan and ultrasound on February 12th, I went to the hospital every night and noticed how well he was doing. on February 13th, Me and my brother went to the hospital early morning. The doctor came in called me, my mom and brother out of the room and informed us that he could die at anytime, they had found when they did the ultrasound that he had a bowel obstruction and for us to call the rest of the family. We were in shock. My dad at the age of 71 passed away on February 14th at 10:15 pm. I still cannot believe what has happened and how quick it happened. It was one of the most painfull things that I have ever been through or watched.
I'm sorry this thread is sooo long - but it helped writing it all down.