Dear Kathy & Rob,
Please ~ reach out to Hospice…. They will help Rob with the pain and they will be an additional support system for you. They truly are a special group of individuals.
Many months after our surgery ~ I made myself read the final chapter in Dr. Walsh’s book.
Chapter 12…Help For Advanced Prostate Cancer. I needed to know what all the stepping-stones that make up the path when dealing with prostate cancer.
I’m re-reading it right now and these are a few excerpts ~ I hope they can help guide you as Swim has above in her heartfelt posting above….
** Excerpts taken from
“Dr. Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer”…(Give Yourself a Second Opinion) Copyright 2001
Patrick C. Walsh, M.D.
Professor of Urology, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and
Janet Farrar Worthington
Help if You’re in Pain….
“Pain is very closely associated with quality of life”
“People in pain have a reduced appetite; they lose weight. They’re often depressed. Sometimes they’re bedridden, the pain is so bad. If we control the pain aggressively, we often see patients getting stronger and eating better. Aggressive pain management is clearly to the patient’s benefit”.
It’s not only beneficial, it’s your right as a patient not to suffer
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.
Another option is to contact the national Hospice Organization, a group whose goal is to “enable patients to carry on an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms,” so their days “may be spent with dignity and quality at home or in a home-like setting.”
Kathy ~ continue reaching out and now reach a little further for local support.
Know we care…. Gentle Hugs and Warm Thoughts surround you.
In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy