Asking for Your Prayers and Support

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shedontwearsocks
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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Family,
 
Today we got the diagnosis back from my grandmom's biopsy. She has stage IV lung carcinoma and they want to start chemo and radiation treatments immediately. We are still waiting to find out if it is squamous carcinoma or ademocarcinoma, but either way the prognosis is very serious and the carcinoma is inoperable. It has been a very difficult day for my family and I think the shock and disbelief is still taking hold of everyone, especially grandmom. These next few weeks and months are sure to be very trying and difficult times but I just pray that we can all come together and support grandmom and each other during this time...and PLEASE god, don't let my anxiety flare up and get the best of me   shakehead
 
All I ask from the members of my HW family is your prayers and support. I might not be able to communicate on the forum as much as I would like, but I will still be here as much as time allows to support all of you when the time comes.
 
Best to all of you,
megan
 
p.s. if any of you has experienced this type of situation any advice would be very helpful. i, along with my mom, will be the primary caretakers and doctor appointment shuttlers throughout this, so any tips or ideas on how to stay in the moment, and let go of stress, worry, and anxiety is greatly appreciated!

Celey
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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have any advice for you... But you have my support....
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


stkitt
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   Posted 2/25/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
shedontwearsocks
 
I am sincerely sorry about your Grandmother's dx and the road that lies ahead for all of you.  Of course you have my prayers and you have come to the right place to ask for prayers.
 
Advice for you:
1.  Take good care of your own health both physicial and mental.
2.  Make a list of all the questions you have for you Gma's physician, you want to know the names of the medications, chemo, side effects, how long will the treatment take and how many courses of treatments.  You will find that the plan of care will change so be ready to feel confused yourself as depending on how she does they may change the plan.
3. When you go to the hospital and plan on spending any time, take your own pillow so you can find a corner to nap in and hope they have some comfortable recliner chairs for family.
4.  If you need a break, go outside and take a walk, or sniff out a computer as most hospitals now have a computer for patients and family to use.  It gives you a chance to look things up on the net, stop in here or whatever.  I would often wake up at 4:00 AM in the morning and sneak down to the computer as there was one in the patient lounge not being used, no one bothered me and I could get my mind off lack of sleep.
5. Seek out the nearest Starbucks and treat yourself to a cafe' mocha or whatever makes you feel warm inside.
6.  Find the chapel and sit in the peaceful queit.
7.......Most important keep telling your Gma and your family that you love them.
 
Take care and gentle hugs for you.
Kitt.
 

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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/25/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to here this and your Grandma and the rest of your family will be in my prayers.
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shedontwearsocks
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   Posted 2/25/2009 11:51 PM (GMT -7)   

thank you celey, kitt, and sam...your responses mean alot and i am so glad i can count on HW for support when i need it

i guess everything has finally caught up with me from earlier, as the reality of the situation has set in and i am currently unable to sleep shocked

i keep trying to search for something, anything, that gives a good prognosis for stage 4 lung carcinoma, but so far..no luck.

i'm not really one to dwell on things and think about how bad they will get, so i'm having a weak moment right now but i know it will pass and i will be back to busying myself with taking care of grandmom and supporting mom as well. i just have to remember to take your advice, kitt, and take care of myself also!

thank you all again for your caring and support


SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 2/25/2009 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Advice? Lets see...depending on the form of chemo they use....different side effects. Radiation? Ask me next week and I will tell you more. Overall advice, study all medications given, get aware of side effects, serious side effects, allergic reaction signs, rare side effects, rare reactions. Pay attention and your grandma to body. Communicate with ALL doctors. Don't hesitate to call 24/7 to the doctors. Stop medication immediately if devoloped bleeding from the butt, allergic reactions and inform doctor. Talk to doctor about all chemo options. There's pill form and iv to my personal knowledge. Keep a good stash of Pepcid ac, rolaids, ginger, mint, mint teas, crackers. Might lose hair, cut hair short or shave head. If shave head, make it a family thing so she knows how much support she has. Reassure her to call any time, no matter day. Hell, I remember calling my mom telling her to kill me when I was on my 4th hour of vomiting. Let doctors know if any side effects are bothersome. (Sometimes it takes them awhile to catch on why). Give her a lot support and love but also give her her independence. Let her take those naps. As for the radiation, limme get back to you next week after I have my first appointment!
 
Smurfy Shadow
 
DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Depression, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux
 
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 2/25/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yea, and go to the ER for rehydration after 4 straight hours of vomiting. REmember to tell doctors about anny illness, if at er, get seen quicker by saying "I have a supressed immune system, and I am on doctor orders to come to the ER." Even the common cold, call doctor. I have a cold right now, I'm on antibiotics and other stuff. To prevent from getting more sick, as I and soon your grandma have a weeker immune system
 
Smurfy Shadow
 
DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Depression, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux
 
Medications: CellCept, Prednisone, Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prilosec, Protonix, Zantac, Advair, Cingulair, Albuterol, Calcium + Vitamin D


Nanners
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   Posted 2/26/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Shedontwearsocks, I am so sorry to hear of your grandmom's diagnosis. Please know you can count on me to keep her in my prayers. Be sure to take care of you too.

Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/26/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
shedontwearsocks
 
Good Morning, and I hope your day goes well.  I am glad I could be of help.  I have been dealing with many of the same issues as you have for the past 6 months so I have learned a lot and I am a nurse but oncology was not my speciality.
 
My sister is just one week post-op ovarain cancer/ breast cancer and she was a grade IV going into this.  She is doing better now but we went through lots of chemo......and she tolerated it well.  They have so many new drugs to combat side effects etc.  Keep the faith and know my prayers are with you.
I am sending you lots of good vibes  and hugs galore.
 
Kitt
 
 
 

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