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  • tpatterson has replied to a post on the message board

    Thank you.  I will ask my doctor about those two meds .Digestive disorders impact everything. 

    September 22 at 10:04 PM view post
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      Hello. I have had IBS for 20 years & had gallbladder removed 10 years ago.  I have currently developed extreme nausea and throw up sour yellow bile each evening. Scans have revealed everything is working, no tumors, but have severe inflamation throughout my digestive system.  I have dropped 15 lbs in 6 months.  My gastro is at a loss as to why this is happening, and wants to refer me to t...

      August 21 at 5:22 PM view discussion
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        Hello everyone.  I am new to this site, and I am hoping your expertise will lead me in the right direction.  My 8 year old bulldog has been drinking excessive amounts of water the past month or so.  His urine output is directly proportional, so I thought it was just a sign of old age for bullies. Yesterday I came home from work, and he had clawed and chewed his way through the wood door frame, eaten th...

        January 23 at 7:29 PM view discussion
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          Mean1, I have to say this is not uncommon.  It happened to my husband when he was dx w/lung cancer.  His family called once in a while, but I had to beg them to come over to see him for his birthday in January.  They never bothered themselves to come over again, and he passed that Sept.  At his funeral, they cried the crocodile tears and said they couldn't bear to see him ill and that they didn't ...

          January 15 at 11:16 PM view post
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            I totally agree with Ron.  Balanced nutrition is obviously essential to maintain a healthy body, but Ron is right.  He was cured because he was eligible for debulking surgery and they were able to remove it.  There are wonderful examples here and there where people are still alive after changing their diets, etc.  But sadly, they are outliers.  I truly wish it were true for all our sakes, but...

            April 23, 2013 view post
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               Wow. The shattered glass is perfect. I sometimes feel like a cake.  I can spread my frosting perfectly so that it looks good on the outside, but the inside has various defects.  As the cake ages or grief continues, the defects are less noticable, but they're still there, just not as devastating as when the cake was first baked.  Yes, Maudsie, peace would be most welcome in any form, for any lengt...

              April 23, 2013 view post
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                YEs, lung cancer isn't just a smokers' disease.  I never thought my husb would die from it.  I thought maybe a massive heart attack in his 80s.  His father and grandfather both passed instantly of a heart attack.  I could deal with 80, but 56?  All I can say is the Lord asks us to trust in Him, so that's what I'mdoing.  He's given me the best country to be born in, 2 loving parents,...

                March 21, 2013 view post
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                  Angel and Irene, it is so hard to imagine our futures without our husbands. I felt the same way when JP passed.  How can the sun shine and everyone is going about their daily business, but my life has changed so radically? Don't these people know what's happened?  It is quite disconcerting  to go through that.  Then I ponder how others before me have traveled this road and I was oblivious to their...

                  March 21, 2013 view post
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                    So sorry for what you are going through with your precious mother.  My JP passed so similiarly, but much too young. (56)  His legs were mottled blue and purplish.  He was restless and agitated, so hospice gave him meds, but he continued to pick at his clothing to the point of nudity. He then settled down and was so peaceful.  He looked at my daughter and I with the most loving expression...

                    March 07, 2013 view post
                    • tpatterson has replied to a post on the message board

                      I am so sorry for what you're going through.  I lost my beloved husband of 29 years to lung cancer in 2011.  Like you, I feel I have learned so much about illness, and the dying experience.  You know your husband's love for you grew so much while you were caring for him.  My husband thanked me every day and looked at me with such love in his eyes.  I know that when my time is here, he will be...

                      March 01, 2013 view post
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                      About tpatterson

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                      Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell
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                      Hello everyone. I am the wife (29 years) of a wonderful man who was diagnosed last fall with Stage 4 nsclc adenocarconoma with mets to lymph nodes, pelvis and kidney. This news has been devastating, but we're trying to live our lives as normally as possible. My husband and I go to work every day and pray that the Good Lord decides to allow him to live the remainder of his life in good health. God Bless and Stay Strong!

                      Update: Going on an Alaskan Cruise. It's one that JP has always wanted to take, even though the enjoyment factor is diminished. We feel like we're completing a 'bucket list'.
                      12/11
                      My beloved man passed away in Sept. He went downhill so quickly that I still can't get my head around it. He was doing SO well, and then he developed blood clots and ascites, and that was it. Took him down in one month.
                      The holiday season is SO difficult, but I do have a loving family to look after me. It's just that my home is so quiet now, and everthing we did together for 30 years is now a solo experience. I know he is with our Lord Jesus Christ, and until the day I join him(hopefully) I am going to try to live well. God Bless all of you Warriors and caregivers out there.

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