Hi Caitlin, I too am supporting someone with advanced lung which has spread to the brain. I care for my mother who was diagnosed approximately one year ago. My mother has chosen not to have any treatment as in her case it did not weigh up. I also have been looking to connect with others that are experiencing similar things to myself. How are you doing?
Sorry to take so long to get back to you.
I'm sorry to hear about your mother. The person I am supporting has been given 8 months with treatment and 1 year without. He was diagnosed about 8 weeks ago and has chosen to receive chemo. He has a scan this week and has said, if it doesn't show any improvement, he might decide to stop the treatment, which is a frightening thought.
How is your mother getting on? How are you coping?
I'm doing ok at the moment. I've come over from New Zealand, so the biggest worry at the moment is paying for accommodation, food and transport. I need to try and find a job to support myself. I'm not staying with the person i'm supporting, as he is in a really small government housing unit.
It would be great to talk to someone in a similar situation. Maybe we could met up for coffee sometime? If you'd like to contact me, please send me a Private Message
I look forward to hearing from you
I hope you all had an enjoyable Xmas with your loved ones.
My dad is going in for his last lot of chemo tomorrow and i'm feeling panicked. The doctor's won't be able to tell us about the next course of treatment until he has a CAT scan in two weeks. I asked him if I could get his doctor's number to discuss supplements, clinical trials, etc, but he said no, he will talk to them to discuss anything. I have to respect his wishes, but I feel really hopeless and don't want to sit around for the next two weeks. I want to be doing something. My mum suggested talking to the nurses in the chemo ward, but would they be able to help? Do we need to consult with anyone if this is his last lot of chemo? Would it interfere with the drugs?
Hi Caitlin and Star
So sorry to hear you are in this situation. I was as well - cared for my mother for 18 months through bowel cancer and then small cell lung cancer. I understand how tough it is. Happy to talk here any time.
Take care of yourselves
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