Jan 04, 2009 - 5:16 am
First of all, I want to thank this network and all of you for sharing all your stories. This is exactly what I've been looking for. I just joined today and already I'm learning about a lot of things. Here is my cancer story. My dad was diagnosed almost two years ago with Stage IV Colon Cancer at age 76. We were all shocked because he was so careful with what he ate and especially loved vegetables. The problem was he never got a colonoscopy. Right after getting diagnosed, he started getting CHEMO a few months laterthe section of the colon was removed. He was really doing well until about three weeks ago when he started feeling unbalanced when he walked. We thought it was from his cataract surgery. A CAT scan found 10 tumors in his brain. He was immediately placed on radiation therapy with next Wed as his last treatment followed by chemo the next day. Since getting diagnosed with cancer, this is the first time I've seen him really weak and tired all the time. He needs a walker to keep him balanced. He's depressed all the time. He can't sleep and needs to be massaged all the time. He can't eat and drinks a little bit of Ensure. My mom who is 72 and has diabetes is also tired and lacks sleep. They are up throughout the night because dad needs to be massaged.
Last week, we met up with a lady who told us about her story. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1999. She had part of her stomach removed. She refused to get any chemo. She owes it all to Dr. Michael Broffman from the Pine Street Clinic in San Anselmo, CA. She has been taking Chinese Herbs and cancer free. Upon hearing this, we immediately got my dad's records together and planning on doing a phone consulation with Dr. Broffman on Monday to see what he can do for my dad. My dad is getting desperate now and willing to try anything.
Does anyone have advice on Chinese Herbal Medication and CAM in general? How about acupuncture? I know this is not the cure but just looking at something to make my dad feel better. What should I expect from here on with my dad now that it has spread to his brain? No matter what, I continue to be hopefull and trust in God since this is all in His hands.
Thanks again to all of you. I will continue to read all the discussion board for all kinds of great advice. I will pray for you all.
By the way, I got a colonoscopy a year ago at age 42 and was cleared. I need another one in 5 years.
Godd Bless you all!