Since my last blog in June my mother-in-law has been doing so well, she's really defying all expectations. She is bright and chirpy, her hair is even growing back in. She's abandoned some of her mobility aids and having less outside help at home. BUT, and its a big one, the weight keeps falling off her. At her visit with her GP today she had lost 5kg in 3 weeks and at least 10kg in the 2 months before that. She's eating well, though very small servings since the tumours in her liver are squashing her stomach space somewhat. She is starting to look very gaunt, and struggle with cold and shivering episodes. And I have to wonder how much longer can this go on. She's under 60kg now. What happens when she drops down to 45kg or even 40kg? We see her Palliative Care doc next week which I hope will be helpful and I can ask about this then. But its preying on my mind ever since this morning's appointment. So I'm venting a bit and wondering if others out there have had similar experiences. At one level I don't know if I want to hear about them but at another level I know I need to.
Hi there! My husband is losing weight, as he can't keep food down, or has chronic diarrhea......he's down to 41kg.....and is suffering as you describe, can't get warm, wears five shirts, shivering and so unsteady on his feet. Doctor hospitalized him due to his low weight and that he had lost 6 kg in two weeks. Supplements are the order of the day, sustagen powder on anything dairy that he eats, ice cream by the bucket load and anything else that takes his fancy (unfortunately not a lot is at the moment). This probably is not helpful, but I know how you feel....... Good luck and good vibes coming your way!! PA
0 Kudos
New Contributor
Thank you for sharing with me purpleangels. It does help just to hear from someone else going through the same sort of thing. I will try and get her to have more sustagen. I actually read your post about what had been happening with your hubby in the hospital earlier today. My heart goes out to you as you deal with all this with your children to care for too. My kids are similar ages to yours but of course its their grandma who is sick not their dad. Hope tomorrow is better than today. Thinking of you, from KazPlus2
0 Kudos
Post new blog
Talk to a health professional
Cancer Council support and information 13 11 20Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Cancer Information and Support

Online resources and support

Access information about support services, online resources and a range of other materials.

Caring for someone with cancer?

Find out what resources and support services are available to assist you.