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On 12/8/2002 Dawn O. wrote:My 74 year old aunt was diagnosed with this cancer this past September. Surgery is not an option and her doctors do not feel that she should put herself through any treatment. She has been given 3 to 6 months to live. I am her caregiver along with her husband. I would like to hear from anyone who is familiar with this cancer. I really need some emotional support. My aunt is like a mother to me and I am really struggling with her diagnosis. She had an ileostomy done over 30 years ago and they feel this is why she was prone to this cancer. Other than that surgery, she has been healthy. This came on suddenly and the doctors thought that she had gallstones. By the time they finished all the testing she was already a stage IV. Please give me some advice. Sincerely, Dawn
My mom, 64 is in the final stages of colangio carcinoma. One year of chemo later. She can't eat anything with out pain and has been hospitalized for 3 days. I spend the nights with her in the hospital and it seems very sureal. I thought the shock stage was over and that I had come to real terms with the thought of her dying. But I feel numb again and not very emotional. I wonder how long it will be before she dies and am curious about the symptoms to come. She's on I.V now. Whats the next step? Will she just continue to eat this way until her system breaks down, can we have an I.V at home? I guess we'll find out soon. Has anyone felt, slightly robotic and numb, in care taking as if nothing out of the ordinary is going on? I can't tell if I've made peace with the fact that we're all here temporarily, like a dove that lands for a while and then takes flight again, or if I'm in shock and headed for a nervous breakdown when she dies. She just looks so healthy, I can't imagine that these are her final days. I really wonder how much longer she has and to what degree she will physically deteriorate. Any sharing of your experiences with these things will be much appreciated. I'm 36 years old and do have lots of support around me but would love to hear from others having gone through this. Thanks, blessings and peace.
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