Nov 10, 2003 - 3:12 pm
Here's the shorten version....My mother was diagnosed w/ colon cancer back in February. Part of her colon was removed and fortunately the cancer had not spread to any of the surrounding organs. After 6 weeks of chemo/radiation, she started, and is now in the 5th month of a weekly preventive chemo program at a local hospital. Unfortunately, the chemotherapy has taken a tremendous toll on her physically. Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of weight, depression, anxiety. She's a shell of a woman she was before the treatment began. My dad, who has never been a caregiver in his life, is at his wits end with trying to get her through this. But I think she's content w/ "riding out the storm" until the treatment is complete in Dec. I don't know if we can wait that long to try to do something to give her some encouragement to keep going and to not give up, which we think she has. I just started checking the web for support groups. Any other advise fr/ the listeners?