May 26, 2004 - 12:17 pm
Hello, I am looking for opinions and comments from those who have been through a similar experience.
First some background, I was diagnosed with stage III two years ago and was successfully treated. Unfortunately, a few months later I was diagnosed with metastatic cancer, and just recently it was found in my brain. Treatment options are nearing and end and my physician has given me few months if I keep treatments going. I am in my late thirties with two children under seven and a very caring wife who has really taken up the slack.
My question/ concerns center on the dying process and indeed the best place - hospital, hospice, home. Primarily, the impact my dying at home might have on those closest to me. I recognize my passing will be difficult on my family and I want to minimize their distress as much as possible. I keep thinking dying at home may be more traumatic on them then some other location...any thought?