Hi Lucinda, Thanks so much for your message, it really is helpful to speak with people going through a similar situation, as you just cannot know what it is like until you are in it. Very sadly we lost dad not long after your post, so things have been much, much harder. But yes i have connected with a social worker who was on dads palliative care team, who i am going to continue to see for some grief counselling. Happy to keep in touch if you like too, sending strength and support. Phoebe.
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Hi there, My dad was first diagnosed with bowel cancer three years ago, he has been through several surgeries, rounds of chemo and radiotherapy during that time. In April this year he was looking and feeling the best he had in a long time and after several times where we thought we might lose him, we finally felt confident that he had beat it. Unfortunately during what we were told would be his last scans for sometime, tumours were found in his liver and chest cavity and we were told that the cancer would now take his life and was inoperable due to where they were. Back on the merry go round of scans, hospital etc etc and we were told he would live 12 months at best. Now 6 months on he is declining quickly, lots and lots of pain, tumours in his spine, naseau and now trouble breathing. He is at home with my mum caring for him. I am not coping well, seeing them both suffer and also not having them to help me through such a tough time. I am overwhelmed with grief often, heartbroken and disillusioned. Any advice on how to cope ? Thankyou.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.