My dad was also diagnosed w/ cc in August. I’m 25 yrs old and I also have younger siblings. Sister, 18 and a brother, 16. When I was reading about how you’ve been trying to spend as much time as you could w/ your family (I also live about 45min. to an hour away from my parents) I couldn’t help but feel something inside that made me relate to you…i’ve never really posted anything on this site before.
My father was checked into USC in August and had the “whipple surgery” done lasting 14 hours…yes 14 hours. He spend about three weeks in the ICU. It was probably the most traumatic thing i’ve experienced, to see my dad, a strong headed man, lying in bed helpless. He spent a little over 2 months in the hospital. After being discharged we waited about two weeks and started his chemo. For a few weeks, things seemed to be okay…he had an appetite and he went walking almost everyday, Dr.’s orders to exercise. Then after Christmas his oncologist informed us the cancer had spread in 5 different locations and told us he only had 6 month left. His Dr. even suggested “hospice” care.
So it’s been about three weeks…my dad and the oncologist decided to continue chemo and see how his body will react to XELODA…he has another appointment this Friday, so we’ll see how his body is reacting to this method.
Be strong. You and your family will be in my prayers!