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Posted by Ruth P. on May 14, 2000 at 19:59:03:

In Reply to: No Treatment For Mom posted by Maggie C. on May 13, 2000 at 01:46:21:

: On April 5, 2000 my mother found out she has small cell cancer of the right lung and broncial tubes. She is 74 and does not want to go through the Chemo which the doctor said will not cure her anyway. It would only prolong her life a little more. So mom says NO she does not want to spend her time left here on this earth being sick with Chemo. We respect her decision however hard that will be for us. Just two weeks after finding out about
: the cancer she then found she has an aneruism in her left brain. She began having a severe cough shortly before the cancer diagnosis and had gotten worse until I gave her a humidifier to use. This has helped alot. Right now she says she is no pain and is still getting around fairly well. She tires very easily and her appetite is not good. I guess I just needed someone else to hear mom's story. I know there is nothing left to do but pray and hope that
: she won't have to suffer to much or to long. Like a lot of doctors now, he would give us no time limit on mom. But from all research I have found without treatment the average life span is 1-3 months. I would appreciate any feedback you might have here.

Hello Maggie
So sorry to hear about your Mother.Cancer is a terrible disease.My sister was diag.June1998 and passed away Nov.1,1998, from Non Small Cell Lung Cancer.She only lived 5 months after being diag.She had 32 radiation treatments to her right lung, but the cancer spread to her brain.She did not want chemo either, and the Drs. told us about the same thing they told your Mother, about it would give her just a little more time on this earth.She got to the point where she couldn't walk because it also got into the bones. She lived pain free and knew everyone up until one day before she died.She went into a coma and died the next day.She just turned 64yrs. old.Just be there for your Mom.Talk to her when she wants to talk, and be there to listen to her.My sister wanted to stay at home, not in the hospital, so we had Hospice to come in.Your family are in my prayers.

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