We are so very sorry to hear about your dad... What a man of courage! You must be very proud of him. I wish I had some information at hand for you right now, but I will search for something that may help. Please also feel free to look at the permanent topics, above, which have links to what may be useful information for you.You are very welcome to this forum! I know you'll get a response soon from our caring forum members who have some experience in this area.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
"Idaho" ~ Barry
Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery dayPSA 4.3 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
1st PSA 0.04 (undetectable) 9/11/2007
My wife and I have had family members in other late stage diseases and have found Hospice to be a wonderful resource. Your father sounds like a wonderful and courageous man and it's obvious that the acorn didn't fall far from the tree when it came to his daughter. My best to you.
My prayers go out to you and your family. I echo Bill comment about hospice. These people are special and provide so much more than medical care. My Oncologies has suggested that we look at RT at specific bone locations in the future in my case. He stated that it would help with the pain.
Your father is a very brave man. He is doing what he can to ease yours and your mothers pain by "taking it like a man". I saw this with my father. But he doesn't have to with all that is out there to help relieve any suffering that is is going through. I know in my case, my wife would take the bull by the horns and get something for me. Pain can cloud judgement and weaken the spirit. Take charge.
Please keep us all informed. I am like Barry, I don't really know much about the late stages. But I really want to know more and will offer anything I can to make your fathers journey easier. You are in our prayers and I will see that the prayer chain starts from here.
Be at peace,
Walt (war Eagle)
for all of you wonderful people who have responded....thank you
you're words are so heartfelt & i accept them with gratitude
i took your advice, and asked my dad to please call the palliative doctor, and he did...she will be dropping by today! - all of my thanks, Kathy
"Is there a school where Perseverance teaches classes? I want to meet him face to face and see what he looks like. I have heard so much about him. It is not that I want his feedback. I am sure he would tell me to "keep working", and I already know that. It is not just me either. Offhand, I can name at least three friends who are as curious as I am. One is a scholar, one is a writer, and the third is a young parent. I would write Perseverance a letter inviting him to come here and teach at the neighbourhood school, but no one around here knows where he lives or how to find him.
I read somwhere that they were trying to hire him to co-host a PBS series on the creative process, but he would not have it...says he is shy in front of cameras. Truth is, he turns down all offers which distract him from his work."
(J. Ruth Gendler)
Post Edited (sophieluv) : 10/4/2007 7:47:54 AM (GMT-6)
Hi ~ Kathy & Loved Ones...
Our thoughts and prayers surround you and your loved ones… And we send our strength to your dad.
Hospice was called in for a neighbor and they were able to ease his pain and give the family guidance… please make the call!!!
There are complications with late stage prostate cancer and Hospice will be able to make you aware of them and work with you. Again ~ make the call....
Partial excerpts from:
“Dr. Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer”…(Give Yourself a Second Opinion) Copyright 2001
…You have a right to demand everything possible—medication or a procedure to ease pain or symptoms .... —to make your life better.
…patients themselves didn’t ask for adequate pain medication.
…The bottom line is that you—or a loved one with prostate cancer—do not need to suffer terrible pain. There is help available. Take it.
Our thoughts and prayers reach out to you and we feel your fear… Please ~ continue to reach out ... you have a wonderful support team here... with all of us!!!
Keeping you extra close at this time!!
Know We Care ~ In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
v We invite you to visit our personal thread: Click Here: “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring
April 3, 2006 53 on surgery day
3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)