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Stomach cancer diagnosis

aswest
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Joined: May 2002

Hi! My brother (47 yrs. old) was just diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. We are all completely devastated. He had to have his entire stomach removed. He is not married and his two sons live 10 hours+ away from him. He is still in the hospital and my elderly father is taking care of him. My dad became a widow only 1 1/2 years ago, so this has been extremely difficult for him. How in the world do you find the strength and the courage to keep the faith? My brother has been given anywhere from 6 mos. to a year to live.

nutt
Posts: 140
Joined: Sep 2001

You can because your brother has no choice either. You may want to contact the local hospice / American Cancer Society outlet in your area. There are, depending on the advance condition of your brother organizations and groups that help at minimal or no cost. You are experiencing what we all with cancer have experienced and that is the "unknown". Once we research and begin to take the task of contacting, researcing and sourcing information the fear becomes manageable - no less frightening but manageable.
Ask your family doctor, Cancer Socitey and Hospice groups as to what is available and under what conditions would they be available?
God bless and hang in there. Every day you all have with your brother is precious.
Joe
ps I always send along a msg that I keep on my desk to help - hope it does. " Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a GIFT! That why it is called the PRESENT! We think this is special, ... live and savor every moment. Life is NOT a dress rehearsal." author is unknown
joe

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