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Posted by Christine on November 12, 2000 at 01:44:56:

In Reply to: Re: Small Cell Lung Cancer posted by diana on November 11, 2000 at 19:57:29:

Yes, I read your story about your mom from the beginning. It is the one that scared me the most. I can't believe what you went through. When I found out my Dad had cancer I absolutely freaked and became very depressed. My nephew who was 15 committed suicide 3 years ago, the same week my grandma (mom's mom) died of emphysema. I know this is what life is about, but I can't imagine my Dad not being here. Especially since he just turned 60 Dec of 1999, just retired after 35 years of hard work at Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) and I have been telling him for years that he can not continue to smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day without getting something. It especially upsets me to see how upset my Dad is. I went to his first Oncology appointment with him and he cried afterward and told me how scared he was and how he should have never started smoking. My mom said after they found the cancer, he had nightmares of dying. These things are hard to know. Maybe I am not supposed to know these things. My mom would probably protect me from everything if I didn't ask. I research as much as I can and go to the doctor with my parents because they will never question a doctor or push anything. I have to make sure I do everything I can possibly do or I will have regrets later. I think we have a very good doctor. He wasn't going to take another CT scan until the chemo was complete, but when my Dad was real sick last week, he went ahead and ordered one. I don't know what to do after the chemo is over though. I am going to be so nervous and I think my Mom and Dad are naive about what can happen next. I don't think they realize how quickly it can come back or how the odds are stacked against them.

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