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    Hi Carrie  I am happy you have found someone that makes you laugh. The friend in my life now has made me laugh more than anyone ever has. I think our husbands are looking down and happy to see us smile. Irene

    Friday at 12:36 PM view post
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      After Phil died I wasn't just sad. I look back and see I became angry at the callous (or so it seemed to me) things people said: "He was a good man." "things will get better." "at least you had a good life together." They would talk about the everyday things in their lives. How could they not see that didn't help? How did everyday things continue? I met a woman back in 1998. We became instant friends. We had so much...

      Thursday at 12:25 PM view discussion
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        Hi Friends   Wondering how the day went for the dad's alone here and for those who dealt with the loss of a dad/husband. So hard either way. I took flowers up to Phil's ( my uncle and grandfather too)resting spots on Thursday and then meandered down to my friend's house for the weekend. I had a mug made with a pic of him and his two sons and his grand daughter and little Emme on the otherside. We san...

        June 25 at 2:53 AM view discussion
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          Hi Wildrose   That first seems like an eternity to get thru. I remember wondering..."how will I get thru this holiday season" "how do I make it thru this birthday" etc. Somehow grace gets us thru it, one day at a time. I think it was the anticipation of the event coming that at times was harding than the actual day. The second year isn't a cakewalk but at least you know you can and will make it thru them as...

          June 10 at 5:41 PM view post
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            Beautiful and So true Stephen. I look at our sons and the grandchildren and know they have a part of Phil in them. When I take the gkids fishing we talk so easily there about grandpa like he is with us, guiding us.

            June 04 at 12:32 PM view post
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              Hydrangeas!  My favorite flower. I have even used them in a story. The interesting thing about them is that their color varies depending on which type of soil they are planted in(acidic or not). Sometimes blue, sometimes pink. And aren't we all affected by the type of environment we are raised? Irene

              June 04 at 12:27 PM view post
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                Stephen   Please take care of yourself. I am sure Kathy would want you to.  If we are believers in a higher power and that our loved one is there with that higher power now we need to try and be thankful. They have beaten cancer in one way. They are no longer in that horrible world of struggling and pain. I remember a couple months after Phil died. I had a dream or vision of him standing in front of m...

                May 31 at 2:22 PM view post
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                  It really all depends. Everyone is individual. So many treatments. Radiation, chemo etc. Then also on the patients physical abilty to withstand the treatments. Unfortunately my husband was misdiagnosed for 6 months with drs saying it wasn't cancer so when we took him across the bridge into Philly things were not good. But he did have radiation for several weeks and a couple chemos. Plus 4 stents along the way.

                  May 27 at 1:03 PM view post
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                     This weekend I put the finishing touches on a 4th song. I was even able to put most of the chords for the melody on it! My friend Hank finished the one part where I still struggled with them. As with 2 of the other songs there is a mention of the "lonely" time. Yet it also tells of swaying on a porch swing,  playing music on my ukulele, singing and having the dog there. Had to put Emme in it and the m...

                    May 27 at 12:57 PM view discussion
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                      Hi Chefken   Don't know if you are still in need of answers about denial since your letter was September but this tip might help others...YES, raditation is used at times for pain management. As a hospice nurse I had several patients who would be treated this way. It is not aggressive therapy, just enough to shrink a tumor a bit for pain relief. My brother had this type during his battle with prostate ...

                      May 22 at 5:15 PM view post
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                      Esophageal Cancer
                      Alternative Treatments, Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Nutrition, Chemotherapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Diet, Emotional Support, Radiation

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