Topic: Farmer Down, but not OUT!!!
My 60 yr old father was diagnosed with CC in Nov 2012.
He is a farmer in MN, and if anyone knows farmers, they DO NOT take time out to go to the dr. He had been having some upper abdomen pain and AFTER harvest, he went in to the dr and they treated him for diverticulitis. Pain would not go away and a CT Scan was ordered, only to find a LARGE mass smack dab in the center of his liver. After more tests it was diagnosed as ICC, with mets to lymph node by the heart. Not operable. His doctor sent him to Abbott Northwestern – Virginia Piper Cancer Institute. After meeting with oncologist there, he decided to start Chemo. He is on the Gem/Cis regiment and seems to be handling it ok, quite tired all the time (except day after Chemo) and quite a bit of pain. He had a CT scan on Jan. 8th and it showed the cancer is stable, which I guess is better than growing, so we will take it. On Feb 1, we are going down to Mayo Clinic in Rochester to get a second opinion and HOPE that they have something else that will start to kick this in the butt!!!
This whole process has been heart wrenching and mind numbing at the same time! We are a VERY close knit family and all live within 10 minutes of each other, being a farm family, there usually isn’t a weekend that someone isn’t hanging out at the farm!! On top of the diagnosis, we have to also worry about the farm, my poor dad was blessed with 3 daughters and has always done the majority of the fieldwork. My head is spinning, how will my mother make it, what will happen to the farm, how can we help when we all have full time jobs…YIKES!!! I’m depressing myself all over again!!
Any wisdom or words of encouragement are most certainly welcome!