Re: 24 and just diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer
The cir***stances are a bit different, but let me tell you about my mother. She was diagnosed in 1985 with 3rd stage breast cancer. The doctors wouldn't give a "time prognosis", but they said it wasn't good. Mom cried herself to sleep that night, but when she woke up the next morning she said, "I'm not ready to go and, damn it, I'm NOT going!"
She lived another 8 1/2 years. She had many treatments, but she worked full time and hardly missed a day of work, despite 3-4 complete chemotherapies (5-6 months each time) and three courses of radiation treatment (5 weeks each time.) She lived a full life and was only really sick the last 3 months.
Her oncologist (who is now my oncologist) told me recently that when he first met Mom, he didn't think she would live another six months!
So, don't let the statistics get you down. I can only imagine how horribly scary this is for you, but make up your mind you're going to fight it in any way you can...chemo, radiation, alternative medicine, prayer...a combination of ALL those things may accomplish miracles, and surely you are deserving of a miracle, and so is your child.