Topic: Introduction

Hello,
My name is Tiffany and I am dealing with my dad's recent diagnosis of CC. I have been reading the posts since his diagnosis and decided to join. From what I read, everyone on this website is extremely sincere and caring. One positive behind this whole tragedy is that I can see the tremendous support groups from organizations as such, which I can be thankful for.

I pray for everyone on here!
Tiffany

Re: Introduction

Hi Tiffany....  Sorry to hear about your Dad's DX.  Welcome to the CC site.   If any questions pop up at all, feel free to ask away, vent , or tell your story.  Your 100% correct, this is one caring site and we will due our best to assist you informational wise and with emptional support as well.  Quite a few years of experience on this site.   Where is your Dad at with treatment now,if he is having treatment that is?
God Bless,
Jeff G.

Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)

Re: Introduction

Hi Tiffany,
So sorry to meet you this way.  Hopefully your father's progression with this dreadful disease with be a positive. 
Karen

Wishing all God's blessings!

Re: Introduction

Hi,  My name is Candee and was recently informed of my Mother's CC at Christmas time.  My Father and she indicated she had liver cancer and had 2 years to live yet.  Her oncologist has painted a much grimmer picture. First the CC diagnosis and then 3 months without chemo, 6-9 months with the chemo (Gemzar) if she tolerates it well enough.  Finding it all hard to digest.
I'm feeling very thankful to have discovered this website.

Re: Introduction

Hello Jeff, Karen and Candee,

Jeff,
I admire you a lot from your courage, strength and faith! I have read several of your posts and they are very encouraging!

As far as my dad's treatments, they are saying it is too far for chemo and radiation or that it would not do any good at this point. We just found out the middle of November (right around my daughter's birthday and the anniversary of my sister's death). He had been complaining about stomach problems, went into the doctor for the first time and they told him to take some gas medicine. Just at the beginning of October he had a complete physical and everything appeared to be fine. I guess this is why the doctor did not initially look further into his complaints. Then he was jaundice, so we forced him to the hospital. After a week in the hospital and hopes of first gall bladder problems, to the news worsening to his cancer. At one point in time they were talking about the whipple, but shrunk our hopes when they said it has spread to his bone marrow.

He did go out to California to alternative therapy for 3 weeks and has been working on building the immune system. We decided last week to put him at in home hospice. Since we had to take him to the hospital for throwing up blood and waiting in the emergency room is not fun. He was having some breathing problems and they brought out oxygen. 

I feel horrible for him and cannot believe this is happening to my family. We are all still hurting from the death of my sister 2 years ago.

Candee,
I understand your pain, I am sorry for what you are going through!

Thank you ALL for listening and nice to meet you. Hope to have more conversations in the future!

Love,
Tiff

Re: Introduction

Tiffany,  My prayers are with your Dad and your family.  We also thought that Mom's gall bladder was giving her stomach problems and that it was a gall stone that blocked her bile duct and caused the jaundice.  Life seems so unfair at times.  Mom had her 1st chemo on Thursday last week and has had some ill effects. Spent a better part of last night in the ER and has had some mini seizure type occurances.  Her next chemo was scheduled for today, but they will not administer it with the symptoms she's having.  That was our only hope of her life going on for several more months.  This is so hard to take.  Does hospice seem like a nice option?  Are the caregivers very compassionate and caring?  Your Dad deserves the ultimate care now.
It is comforting to know I am not alone in this dreadful state of mind.  Peace,  Candee

Re: Introduction

Hi Tiffany....  Sorry to hear your Dad's condition is so far advanced.  I do pray that his time of Hospice is comfortable and without pain.  Sorry to hear about your Sister as well.  It seems the hurt of loosing a loved one goes on for a long time.  My heart just want's to wish you and your family the best during this trying and emotional time.
Bless you All,
Jeff G.

Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)

Re: Introduction

Hello,
Thanks again for your kind words, I am fortunate to have found this website! My dad had a pretty good last couple of days and was very inspired after speaking to a friend of his who battled lukemia. He has been talking more than usual and his spirit has increased.   

Candee,
As far as hospice goes, we made the decision based upon not having to make continual trips to the emergency room and waiting for hours. The hospice has actually been more helpful and caring than the hospital nurses. They are willing to work with whatever treatments we want to provide for my dad. Personally, I have had nothing but good experiences so far with the hospice. Most people I have talked to reagarding this matter have felt the same way.

I understand how you feel about not being alone and it is comforting to know someone can understand what we are experiencing.

Take care everyone,
My thoughts and prayers are with you!