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    Loss (Lost loved one): It's been five and a half months since my dear husband passed away due to his colon cancer. I am only now able to write a little about this. I am undergoing counseling and meds to help cope with his passing. I look forward to the day when I have energy and drive to move again through life! So many memories - ones that console and ones that continue to hurt. But I used to be a strong woman so I should be able to look at life through happy eyes again. This might sound heartless but in many ways my dear husband had the much easier path than all of his family he left behind. My faith consoles me that I will "see" him again when I pass. That thought is so comforting. And every morning I give thanks to God for a gift of one more day. I miss my husband just so much! Thanks for reading this.

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    Barb_TX asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Eating ice chips only

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      Barb_TX

      Thank you Greg for your words. You are so correct in everything that u said. Thank you again for your kind and honest words.

      over 3 years ago
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      Just LET IT BE. It's part of the Process.
      BUT why not make Delicious Smoothies with Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Banana, Pineapple and Whey Protein Powder. He May NOT be able to refuse that amazing tasting Anti Cancer Drink.
      Also.....Carrot, Granny Apple Juice made from a juicer. DELICIOUS and Healthy.
      Barry

      over 3 years ago
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      My mother was in hospice last winter. She couldn't swallow and didn't want a feeding tube. Once she entered hospice, they allowed us to give her some food/drinks. She couldn't have water because it went down the wrong way and choked her. So, we had to give her some thickened orange juice. She still wanted the water, but settled for the juice. Maybe he could tolerate something thicker, like orange juice. But, hospice just wants to make them comfortable. I'm told they don't need nourishment when they are in hospice. It's hard to see them not take anything, but when the body isn't functioning, it can't metabolize anything.

      over 3 years ago
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      I'm very sorry to hear this Barb. I don't have experience with it but could they give him something IV for it? When I go to chemo they give me anxiety and anti-nausea medication through the IV
      Check with the doctor to see if they could do something for him that way.
      Sending prayers. God Bless

      over 3 years ago
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    Barb_TX asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Discontinuing Chemo Treatments Voluntarily?

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      I am also a stage IV cancer patient with a rare cancer. I have been undergoing chemo since November 1. Around February/March, I was having really bad fatigue and just feeling awful. Considered quitting and was told by one of my doctor's partners that he has had numerous patients quit that are on the chemo regimen that I am taking. When I spoke to my doctor, she suggested starting Ritalin to help with the fatigue. The results were good - it didn't help as much with the muscle fatigue that I had hoped but it made a huge difference with mental clarity. And I really had no idea that I had a problem with that until after I started taking it. And then, a month or so later, the pharmacist and nurse in my infusion center recommended adding a daily Claritin and Zantac. Both are types of antihistamines (even though Zantac is for heartburn). I can't believe the difference these two drugs have made. I feel like I did in December. I no longer have to use an electric cart when I go to the store and I've done so much more than I've done in months. I wish I could sing it from the rooftops - even the nurse and pharmacist were surprised just how much of a difference it made and my mom keeps saying I'm almost normal again. :) Good luck - I will keep your husband and family in my prayers.

      over 4 years ago
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      Maybe when making the decision to quit treatment you should find out what issues that might cause too. My daughter is a GNA. The first resident she lost was a colon cancer patient. Find out what will happen in the future should he quit treatment and then weigh that against what he's going through now. Sometimes the cure is worse sometimes it's not. Lack of information is always a complication.

      I'm being tested for HPNCC today. I already know it runs in my family and the tests came back MSI-H... so 5FU will do more harm than good. My oncologists [yep 2 one local and one in DC] are arguing with me about FOLFOX instead. I have to make a decision myself pretty quickly. I know how he feels.

      over 4 years ago
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      Thank you everyone for ALL of your thoughts and suggestions. I sincerely appreciate all your concern. I especially appreciated the suggestions of taking Zantac for my husband's constant nausea and maybe Ritalin might help for his constant lethargy. he already takes Claritan which helps a lot! We will certainly bring the first two Meds to our Oncologist's attention tomorrow. His chemo "cocktail" has been adjusted in an attempt to help with his nausea, lethargy and pain. All chemo drugs were lowered by 15% except for his main chemo drug - that name escapes me right now. This has sure helped but my husband still needs more help to feel better if that is possible. As far as going to MD Anderson, our Oncologist was trained 10 years at MDA and is the Head of Oncology where he is now, Kelsey Seybold. ALL of our doctors know my husband's condition. There is an outstanding coordination between speciality doctors within this system. We never have to repeat ourselves on any point of my husband's condition, as you can probably see, we feel VERY comfortable with our Oncologist. He listens to us every step of the way. When I asked the question regarding stopping chemo, I suppose that I really was wondering if anyone here has considered and/or followed through with stopping treatment voluntarily. Of course our Oncologist does not suggest that we do that. But my husband's tumors are all inactive per his recent PET Scan. We understand that his cancer will probably resurface but why not cut back or cut off his chemo that he is currently receiving, in hopes of a more quality of life, than he has right now? If his Stage IV Colon Cancer is terminal, why not give him some of the quality of life that he used to have???? This is just a big question in my mind. Thank you in advance for any thoughts.

      over 4 years ago