My dad passed away a month ago. He had mesothelioma. He died 4 weeks after diagnosis and just 2 days after his first round of immunotherapy. The tumor went from one small tumor to full blown cancer throughout his chest cavity under a week. On the Thursday we were discussing continuing treatment with his oncologist as dads heart was so strong ( ex-marathon runner) and by Sunday he died. We didn't get to bring him home. He went to the ED on the Monday afternoon and never came home. We had no time (I know it would never have been enough time). He is my best friend and lived with my mum in a small house on our property and I cannot cope without him. I watched my mum's heart break as we slept at the hospital for the last 2 nights of his life. he went from sitting up chatting to unable to communicate within hours. I keep re-living his end of life and questioning the decision to make him comfortable or to suffer through more options of trying to get oxygen in to his blood ... I don't feel like I can cope. The sadness is beyond anything I have ever felt. My heart goes out to everyone here who is grieving the loss of a loved one. You just never really think it will happen to your family.
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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.