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Hope - trouble finding it.

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Hi. My Dad was recently diagnosed with stage 4 RCC with mets to liver. Within a couple weeks he has suffered a stroke. I live across the country from him and so am relying on what closer family members are telling me. Unfortunately I can't see him with my own eyes. They seem to think he is doing great and will live many more years. I am a nurse. I am really struggling with having the hope that my family members have. Every bit of the nurse in me says I am losing my daddy! I know that faith and hope play an integral part in survival. Please help me find this hope. I know what stage 4 RCC with distant mets means in the medical field. I can't look beyond that, and for that I feel hopeless!

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Spend some time here reading the stories of people like foxhd, texas wedge, donnalee and others who have been where you dad is and are turning RCC into a chronic disease.  There are therapies available today that did not exist a few years ago and more are in the works, RCC is no longer a death sentence.

Hang in there,


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Thank you Gary! I will!!

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In response to your posting and Gary's answer, I updated my story for you and others to read. By the way I have also been in health care for 35 years as a physical therapist.

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