Jul 22, 2007 - 7:05 pm
My mom was diagnosed with Stage IIIB Lung Cancer last December. She has gone through radiation and her first rounds of chemo, but has had setbacks and can't complete her chemo. First it was pneumonia and most recently a severe case of shingles. She is suffering with the post shingle pain and is in agony. We just got the results back from her latest PET scan. The results are good as far as the tumor in the lung and the lymph nodes that were involved, but indications are the adrenal gland is now involved. She doesn't understand that - she's too zoned out on the morphine, etc. she is having to take for the post shingle pain. And probably just as well - between the cancer and now the post shingle pain, it has her very depressed. She won't seek counseling and won't consider anti-depressants. I'm here alone with her. My sister lives on the coast and only is able to come back every few months. I find myself getting very frustrated and fatigued dealing with all this. And then I feel guilty that I am since what I'm dealing with is nothing compared with what my mom is going through. I plan to seek out some counseling for myself. But would appreciate hearing from other caregivers to let me know how you have learned to cope with taking care of someone fighting their way through the cancer journey.