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Posted by Ruth P on June 24, 2000 at 10:22:38:

In Reply to: I like to be prepared for the worst. posted by Darina on June 23, 2000 at 13:02:58:

: On May 11, 2000 my husband found out he has lung cancer. He is 54 and does not want to go through the Chemo, which the doctor said would not cure him anyway. It would only prolong his life a little more. I respect his decision however hard that will be for me. He began having a severe cough before the cancer diagnosis and had gotten worse. Right now he tires very easily and his appetite is not good. We have Hospice and the nurse comes ones a week checking pulse and blood pressure(no help). His doctors would give us only 2-6 months time limit without treatment. I like to be prepared for the worst. I was hoping some of you that have experienced this terrible loss could help me. What should I expect? Is there anything I should do? I guess I just needed someone else to hear theirs story. I know there is nothing left to do but pray and hope that he won't have to suffer too much or to long. If anyone has any experiences to share, I would appreciate it. Thanks
Hi Darina,
I know what you are going through, because I lost my sister to lung cancer in 98. She only lived 5 months after being diag. She had radiation treatments and the tumor did shrink but the cancer had spread to other parts of her body. Hospice is good to have.Just be there for your husband, talk to him, be a good listener and love him.I was with my sister the last 5 months of her life. We laughed and we cried, because she knew what was happening. She refused chemo also. You, your husband, and family are in my prayers.

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