The passing of my 60 y/o mother (Chicago)

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    Hi Gg72,

    Thank you for your note.  Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved wife.

    Our cancer can be a tough one because it can be symptomless until it is very advanced.  I am sorry your wife had such a rough time after diagnosis, and that you and your family had so little time with her after the cancer was diagnosed. The loss you are feeling is shared by others in our community and we hope you will stay in touch.

    Take care, regards, Mary


    So sorry for your loss Marshbri.

    This cancer can be fast and unforgiving . My wife started with weight loss and fatigue for a couple of weeks and was admitted to hospital at the end of July 2021 when she developed jaundice. She was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma and died at the end of July 4 weeks after diagnosis. We never had time to say goodbye. It was almost like a car crash. She even lost her voice after a stent operation so she could hardly talk to me  and was in terrible pain they struggled to control.


    Hi Marshbri,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother’s rapid illness and her passing.  Please accept my condolences and prayers for you and your family.  Your many loving memories of your mother will gratefully include that her last days were peaceful ones, at home and with family.

    Your interest in supporting efforts to find treatments and a cure for cholangiocarcinoma is very welcome.  There are many ways to help, and any help that is offered truly makes a difference in fighting our rare cancer.  The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation website offers different avenues for lending support.  If you look on the left-hand side of the Foundation landing page, you will see “Get Involved” which will take you to volunteering and fundraising options.

    Take care, regards, Mary


    Sooo sorry for your loss!

    As with most (not all) cancer, early detection can drastically improve odds of survival.


    My mother passed away on Easter Sunday, after battling this cancer for only a few short months. I’m grateful that there are resources like this when the time comes for people to look for answers, and I’ll make it my life’s mission to help groups like this research and find a cure for this awful disease.

    My mom had a bad case of jaundice while celebrating her 60th birthday in Florida in January 2020, along with stomach pains and discomfort. When we returned to Chicago, she was admitted to the ER to figure out what was happening. After getting a stent put in to relieve the symptoms, our worst fear was confirmed. She had stage 4 cholangiocarcinoma and was not a candidate for surgery.

    She unfortunately only made it through one round of chemo. The second round wasn’t able to happen due to low blood pressure and the high risk of COVID-19. She wasn’t able to continue fighting after infections that sent her back to the ER.

    The silver lining is that we were able to share her last days with her in our home, reminiscing about life and without fear or worry.

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