Lucia's Journey:

Caregiver: Pancreatic Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 64, Stage IV

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    • Lucia
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    At first upset, it was difficult to be diagnosed to begin with & when finally seeing oncologist, he states she's probably had for 2yrs. Unbelievable. Then, shock settled in...that my mother has pancreatic cancer & metastatic to liver, stage 4. So much uncertainty in days ahead

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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I'm surprised this is all being offered at this time but I understand. Thankful, that the side effects are mild or so everyone seems to say. But definitely, it impacts our lives daily & always looking forward to off week!

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 4 years ago
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    Work problems

    Oh No

    So today I was asked (in a roundabout manner) to be demoted from my manager position. iT REALLLY bothered me bc I felt as my mother's illness was used as an excuse, along w/ hearsay from coworker's. Unfortunately, the criteria used is what is bugging me more than the fact i was asked to step down. and i dont want to feel that this is my mother's fault...grr! So battling a lil w/ that sentiment.

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    • Lucia
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    Milestones

    So it's been a while & I applaud those that can get on here often to share their experiences. It's been a month or so since we were given option between going home w/ hospice or clinical trial. My mom made the decision for clinical trial which was done 2wks ago, a very aggressive direct target to the liver which has not responded to chemo. I think she did it just for my sister & I. A week ago, in the hospital, we were advised that nothing further can be done as liver function has decreased & further treatment can accelerate cancer. So we are now on home hospice which has been another ordeal, docs said my mom has a matter of weeks & I've known it for about a year. Now just trying to take care of her as best as possible. I cannot believe provider's services have not been approved since December & agency for aging stated that if we had to go back to work, to go & leave my mother alone, as terminally ill patients don't eat. I wanted to kill someone... You wouldn't leave a child who can't fend for themselves & is aware alone w/out feeding much less an adult. Then decisions on DNR & machines, I've learned a lot in the past couple of weeks. I don't want to have to make that decision for my parent. I have peace which to me it's of utmost importance, i know we have fought a good fight & the Lord will do His will in our lives. I pray for all of you, patients & caregivers for God's strength as you travel this journey.

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    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    I lost my mom June 25, 2013 & miss her every day. Miss hearing her voice & her advice, her laugh. And my uncle 3 weeks after her from this cancer. In my heart, I know they are no longer suffering.

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