Jul 07, 2012 - 12:19 pm
I am new here. I live in Canada, I am thinking many of you live in the US? My Dad is 77 years old and was just diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer (left lung)in early June 2012. He quit smoking (life long smoker)in September 2011 and came home from wintering in Fla with a still heavy smokers cough, went for a chest xray and thats when they found it. Immediately went for other multiple CT scans etc. He has had 5 days of radiation and will see the oncologist about chemo, next week.
In the meantime he is on codeine for chest cough pain, sleeps almost all day, then again all night, has little appetite, due to acid reflux, prob from all the meds, but he had it before too. He is slowing down very fast. Not sure what to expect from chemo. We have never known anyone with C before.
Meanwhile my mother is a 12 year stroke survivor who manages very well but has aphasia (cannot speak properly) so her communication level is diminished. Its tough for the whole family, not sure where to turn for support or what to do?
Any comments would be welcome, the stories here are inspiring, heartfelt, and help to make things easier, thanks to those who are contributing their thoughts.