My dad was diagnosed with Colon Cancer two weeks ago. A couple days later we learned its stage IV into his bloodstream and into his liver and stomach. They tried putting a stent in to open up the colon, but it failed and he had to have surgery. He's still in the hospital today from the surgery.
It's so nice to have friends and family offer condolences and say you just need to have a positive attitude because he's strong and he can beat this. But how do they know? I haven't actually snapped at anyone yet saying you don't know that, but really, don't I have to be prepared for everything? The oncologist gave him a maximum of two years if the chemo works, which he will start 3 weeks after he gets out of the hospital. But the oncologist also said he doesn't have high hopes for the chemo to work perfectly because this is a "bad cancer". Bad cancer..yeah. Like there's a good one. I'm glad he did say a time though..because the first doctor he went to said, "Miracles happen." when my mom asked how long. Like "miracles happen" gives the family any idea of how to cope. Sorry if I'm all negative...I'm just trying to deal the best way I know how, which right now is a bit of anger. Two years would be a god send if I didn't live in Arizona with my dad in Wisconsin, and headed out of the country in 2 weeks for 4 months. Everythings just piling up and it's all so overwhelming. And that's just me, my dad's been too drugged up to tell me how he's doing. But mom's sure taking it rough. This is long, but I needed to vent.