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.
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.