Hi Kathy: The best thing to remember is that no one has an expiration date stamped on their butt! My husband Tom was given 6 months, just about 12 months ago! The oncologist that he was seeing gave us no hope, and said that radiation and chemo would not help. Thank heavens that we did not listen to him, else I'm certain that Tom would not be here today.
He did receive radiation and chemo and now does have 5 new tumors and a met to the pelvic area, but his new oncologist is very optomistic that she can still help with IV Chemo - he just had his 2nd round on Friday and his bilirubin and Tumor markers are coming down which is awesome.
As he starts his 12th month of life, we too are looking forward to another Thanksgiving and Christmas together. Never take 'no' for an answer, instead ask "What else can we try?"
I learned this early on in Tom's journey with CC. It is a roller coaster ride for certain, don't let anyone fool you on that! However, with that being said, enjoy each day to it's fullest. Make those memories for your family and loved one. Take those 'good' days and do something special, and on the 'bad' days, sleep, read, watch TV or just lay on the couch with a snuggly blanket and enjoy being pampered, if possible.
I will add you to my prayer list.
Go with God and KEEP KICKIN' THAT cancer.