March 17, 2009 at 2:29 am #26390lisaMember
Where is your husband being treated? I’m in the Seattle area.March 17, 2009 at 2:08 am #26389danielleMember
Dear Hollie and Sophie,
My warmest wishes and best thoughts are to both you. Xeloda (with a US doctor prescription) can be purchased legally and above board in Canada for a fraction of the price through the internet, mailed to your home – there are many companies just make sure that you pick one approved by Canada Health. I am Canadian (my husband is Aussie) but he’s being treated for CC in USA as it’s the best place in the world for treatment. Mayo Phoenix is doing some drug trials for CC which have had some encouraging results.
Hang in there.
PS – in Australia for example, the patient pays 32.60 (as opposed to 4000) for a course of Xeloda…but only for breast and colon cancer…March 5, 2009 at 1:52 pm #26388darlaParticipant
Sending more love, thoughts & prayers to all of you. Thanks for keeping us up to date on what is going on with Sophie. Kepp us updated when you can.
Love & Hugs,
DarlaMarch 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm #26387cherbourgMember
Sophie and Holly,
May God hold both of you tightly in his hands. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers everyday.
You are not alone in this journey.
Hugs to you both!
PamMarch 5, 2009 at 12:13 pm #26386tessMember
We’re sending our love to you, Aunt Sophie and all the family, Hollie. Your Aunt is lucky to have such a wonderful support system, but I understand the struggles. Many hugs coming your way….
TessMarch 5, 2009 at 11:58 am #26385jcleggMember
I,too, an following along, keeping up wioth Sophie’ s trials. I just want to send my love – to all of you, let you know that I am praying for Sophie.
Joyce C.March 5, 2009 at 6:17 am #26384devoncatMember
Thanks for keeping us informed. I say a special prayer for your aunt everynight that she gets that medicine approved. Is she having problems finding homes for her pets? If they are special breeds, there are often rescue organisations geared specifically to those breeds. They usually go to foster homes while they are looking for placements, so they get to avoid being in cages at the shelter. But saying that, we have a shelter here which uses foster homes regularly.
I hope things smooths out for your aunt. Please tell Sophie we are all thinking of her and sending her the most positive thoughts.
KrisMarch 5, 2009 at 4:38 am #26383hollieMember
I have read and re read all your posts to myself and my Aunt Sophie. She is so touched and says thank you to each one of you for your concern and support. At this time the medicine is still not approved and she is still waiting. I am praying it is approved because if it is not she will not fight the battle with chemo any longer. THe treatments have already stopped but she would consider more treatments if there was something to do for the ascites. She will be drained again on Tues.
For now we are jsut winging it as far as who is with her and where she will be. Her daughter and little grand daughter are there now so that gives me much comfort. They will leave on Sunday and then my sister is going down for a visit and I am hoping my AUnt will come up here to stay in Truckee again for a month or so. SHe has two beloved pets that need new homes so it is hard all the way around.
Just thought I would touch base and say Hi. We have six feet of fresh snow to play in here in Truckee. My kids have been out on snow days all week and it is beautiful but a lot of snow to deal with. I will be in touch as soon as we hear something on the avastan.
Jeff, she has been trying the ibuprofin and we will see if it helps. When she goes to see her doctor next she should mention the steroids. Also thanks for the nice words on me being a good niece..My Aunt has been so suportive and amazing to me that I feel more like she is my Mom. We really have a great relationship and she is also super close with my two kids Ben and KAte (9 and kate is 7)…Hope you all had a nice day and will have many more to come. Love, HollieMarch 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm #26382carol58Member
Hollie, I’m so sorry Sophie and your family are going through this. You and Sophie are both so special. I hope you’ve been successful in getting a plan in place. Hugs and love to you.
CarolMarch 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm #26381lisaMember
Sophie is always especially in my prayers when I pray for everyone here on the cholangiocarcinoma board. I hope you figure out something that will work for all of you and will allow Sophie to be taken care of. I live 18 hours away by car – I wish I was closer to help out.
Loving you all,
LisaMarch 2, 2009 at 11:45 am #26380darlaParticipant
Thanks for the update. I agree that Sophie needs someone with her as much as possible right now and hope that between you there is some way to work that out. My best to all of you.
Love & Hugs,
DarlaMarch 2, 2009 at 3:54 am #26379marionsModerator
Hollie…..thanks so much for keeping us informed about your Aunt Sophie. Please, tell her that she is missed on this board and much loved.
I recall Sophie writing about her living alone and I agree, this is the time when someone should be with her or, very close by. What a wonderful, caring, and kind Niece you are. I know that you will come up with the solution best for all. I am hoping that Jeff’s idea of ibuprofin and possible steroids will be agreed to by the physician and I so much hope for Sophie to be more comfortable.
All my love,
MarionMarch 2, 2009 at 2:42 am #26378lainyMember
Hi Hollie and thanks for the update. Please tell Aunt Sophie that since I never heard from Oprah I sent the letters to Barbara Walters. Its been about 3 weeks now. Sophie was so hoping someone would give us an ear. Also tell her I am thinking about her and sending prayers her way.March 2, 2009 at 1:11 am #26377hollieMember
Hi…So things are not too good right now. My Aunt is all alone for a week now. She is to the point where she really should not be alone at all and we as a family need to get this figured out quickly. I live 8 hours away and her daughter is 3.5 hours away. She has neighbors and a few friends that pop in to say hi and check in, but I feel it is crucial to get a plan in place. Not only for physical reasons but also mental. She is so down and voices that she would like this to be over. It is just killing me.. The good thing is that she definatley still loves a good laugh and really gets a kick out of some of my stories. She just lives to hear stories when we talk on the phone.
At this point the initial answer for the medicine has been denied. The doctor is doing what Tess mentioned and I pray it is approved ASAP!!! If it is not, due to the misery of the ascites she will not be continuing on with treatment. Only drains to relieve pressure. This is becoming more stressful by the day and I know you all understand. You are all amazing people. I mean it! I feel your love and sincere concerns and it is just huge. So many of you have suffered such loss and are so supportive and strong to people struggling.
Jeff, I wish my Aunt would take the ibuprofin and I am going to encourage it. Thanks so much for the info and just know you ( and all here) are always on her mind and asks me for updates and prays for you all.
Thanks and love to all, HollieFebruary 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm #26376devoncatMember
Just adding my thoughts and prayers. I hope you get that answer from the insurance company soon. Thanks for keeping us informed Hollie and please send my love to your aunt.
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