- Gallipolis, OH
- Member Since Jul 2012
carter548 shared an experience
Decision Point: Cancer in lung, lymph nodes and several locations in bone. No effective treatment offered but would have pain adressed and managed. Radiation for pain control and/or chemo for same purpose. I decided radiation for pain and chose against chemo because I was afraid of side effects and remaining sick 'till the end. I've since had 3 additional radiation treatMents on 3 other locayions of my body. Pain steadily increased 'till I decided to accept chemo in hopes of helping with pain and perhaps prolonging my life. I have had 3 chemo treatments since...1 every three weeks and am due for 4th next wk. Also I have received Zometa once every thirty days...had my 4th treatment today.
I know I am dying. I'm doing nothing to cling to life, I only wanted some time to come to terms with it and my God.
I was stage 4 at first diagnosis. I was already beyond effective treatment I was told. It was in my lung and lymph nodes and bone and the bone part has continued to spread with no sign of slowing down. The pain was/is bad ...at times more then I think I can bear evven with extra doses of morphine. I have not really had a sense of what to do since I was first told. I just try to accept each day with Gratefulness to God as I blunder through the daily and weekly trips to my nearesr cancer center.
I don't know what to expect or how long I might have. From what I have read on the AC site, I am at the end of the median life expectancy.