One of the hardest things that you live your life if you & # 39; ve told you are going to die. It & # 39; s as if life accelerated after taking over the knowledge that the days are ticking away on a finite hours to no control over. One of the most important things I learned while experiencing the devastating impact of pancreatic cancer with my mother as she fought for this painful disease, it is extremely important to focus on the time that you have not the time is not. For me, this article is an abridged version of Diary of a Cancer Patient & # 39; Daughter and I have to explain what living in pancreatic cancer than from diagnosis to death, as framed photo mother & # 39; s experiences in my head.
I hope and pray that we get something out of these words birthed out of pain that brings you peace and help you or a loved one with cancer diagnosis live a little longer, and happier, despite the sad reality you see. There are 7 D & # 39; s Diary in cancer that will help you manage your physical and mental aspects of the terrible disease. Remember, what does the crisis of cancer is just as important as what you do.
Entry # 1: The diagnosis:
mother Joyce was 66 years old when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2008. While all bad cancer, pancreatic cancer is one of the worst, because it is the most difficult to diagnose. The reason is that the symptoms reflect digestive problems, as the disease is hidden in the depths of the digestive system. My mother had chronic pain in her stomach, and though he went to the emergency room several times receiving numerous tests and ultra sounds doctors kept telling her was fine and sent home all the time. Initially it was believed that the problem with her gal bladder is often mistaken for a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
His father was named Boyce who died from pancreatic cancer 20 years earlier, but the chances are that he could have that very same never occurred to him or anyone else in the family. If cancer runs in the family, especially pancreatic cancer, I would advise that regular screening for the disease as early diagnosis is key to survival. One thing is deadly pancreatic cancer that because it is so difficult to diagnose the majority of patients do not receive a diagnosis until they are already in step 4 of the cancer, where there is virtually no hope.
The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include the following: abdominal pain and pressure, jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, depression, weight loss and weakness. My mother had all the symptoms, except for jaundice. Just because someone is missing is a common symptom does not mean that you do not have pancreatic cancer. The most common procedures used in diagnosis of the disease is brutal: ultrasound, CT scan, endoscopic retrograde Cholangiopancretography, endoscopic ultrasound, MRI and percutaneous transhepatic Cholangiogram. I & # 39; m it was the mother of all such tests carried out and it can be very draining to endure such experiences is vital, however, to obtain a diagnosis. The results of his diagnosis indicated that it was a tumor pancreas block bile her liver and, the flow of pancreatic enzymes from it. In his case, the blood vessels around the tumor, and surgical removal of a tumor was not possible. Very few surgeons have been able to successfully perform the surgery and his chances of survival would have been zero in the country. Even if he had surgery on quality of life was the next question. This surgery is commonly known as the Whipple operation and removes a large part of the pancreas, the duodenum and the bile duct is a part of
What do you do in this situation? We make the choice to live the best life is the time to have that common and different for everyone. Suck every drop of pleasure in life you can as quickly as possible. If we could turn back the clock and do it again, the only thing that would have otherwise been the year of the disease screenings done, because we have been doing that my mother might still be alive today. What do you do in time you can determine the time you have on this earth.
Many people in the hands of time to cover their eyes, what they do not want to see. Open your eyes, and today if you have not been diagnosed with this disease start to use preventive measures such as a healthy diet, exercise and regular checkups with your doctor.
Entry # 2: Denial:
we were in such disbelief after receiving the diagnosis failed to take immediate action to shut the new reality of paralysis were found. One thing cancer does not give the time. The refusal to deal with the devil big names. I can still hear my mother said: "I do not know … it's not me!" They have to deal with what is, in order to catch the situation. Sometimes I think the cancer, rather than more healthy mistakenly accident of nature. All we can do is wish the fault that this did not happen, but accidents can be prevented. Maybe that's a bit optimistic because the cancer tends to creep in as an unexpected thief to steal your most precious possessions. Even so, optimism is always stronger than the pessimism and simply mean that the powerful spirits encased in a fragile frame of the meat you choose to live.
Even people with diseases such as drug addiction and alcoholism denial must come before themselves. Lung cancer survivors and those are the same people that came out of denial and treat the disease. You will never steps in regards to what you do not believe.
Entry # 3: Drugs:
We live in a pill popping nation, which is a drug every situation. One of the main problems with the drugs to mask the symptoms, but do not provide a cure. Drugs do their best to cover up the cancer until the victim in a coffin covered with earth. Amikről rumors that there is a cure for cancer but the medical and funeral industries making too much money off the disease to release a cure. I do not know if this is true, but it sure makes sense.
Although medications are diagnosed, and my mother is one of the first things I did, which was very important for patients suffering from pancreatic cancer, to put on a stint. Stints were inserted in the ducts of the liver and pancreas help them work and it helped him to live a better life. In some cases, depending on the size of the tumor, it is very difficult to insert stints but there are several alternative methods and processes to achieve the same effect. If you have a good doctor, you will be informed of all options. If you have a doctor that does not tell you all the options; get another doctor.
My experience with a mother pancreatic cancer improved hatred of morphine that has brought my mother a painkiller. Because of the intense pain caused by cancer, so our options were limited, and I wanted my mother to be able to live with it every possible without pain, because I think that anyone would. Morphine has changed his mind, he changed my personality, and caused aggression and paranoia. The effects of morphine for the pain of the family, relieving my mother & # 39; s pain.
At times, as if he's out of his mind, and that nearly drove us out of our own. He does not trust the people that he loved her, and sometimes you forget what you said in mid-sentence. The family told him many things over and over again, and he would not do for them, and always forgot what we said to him. For me morphine to kill a person before he dies. Kills are able to convey the essence of who they really are. There are alternatives for pain medications, but do not know how much better since they dealt only with morphine.
is always amazed by how Patrick Swayze filmed television series pancreatic cancer refusing drugs for pain relief, so he could concentrate and finish his work. I remember hearing him speak made the drives hours to be mentally and physically ready to perform any task pain. I think drugs like morphine that a person will die faster because it stops their opinion. The movie The Matrix, you & # 39; I've ever seen, Neo, Morpheus program doing the jump and fall. When it comes out the bleeding, and declares that he thought it was not real, and Morpheus tells him that the mind makes it real, and that the body can not live without the mind. If you are mentally ill, how can you make a conscious decision to fight for your life?
A ray of hope came to us while dealing with the madness of morphine, which is an alternative pain treatment that receive cancer patients, injecting alcohol to deal with feelings about certain nerves to block pain. My mother had this procedure done, but said it would not work. To this day I do not know if the treatment was not working, or if it was what it was
have already addicted to morphine and the pain in his back and had a conscience.
Unfortunately, morphine just a wave in the ocean of drugs, which had to deal with. There were digestive enzymes should be taken before a meal, beta-blockers, heart medication, anxiety medication, insulin shuts down the diabetic pancreas, medicine indigestion, vitamins, blood thinner blood thinner and so many drugs I had to excel spreadsheet, just to keep track of them.
One of the effects of the disease that needs to be dealt with was extreme swelling of the abdomen and the legs to the point where fluid lottery procedures prescribed diuretics had to be done using a needle to draw fluid from the abdomen and legs; Only house shoes were worn. I realized that cancer is caused by the swelling primarily in the body & # 39; s reaction to the tumor and the lack of protein in the blood blocks the blood is able to retain fluid.
The thing is that a person undergoing cancer is almost endless. Every part of the body affected; especially the mind, will and emotions. I met with my mother based on the practical experience of a couple of other crises had been pushed through the C DipHE cause chronic diarrhea-causing infection in contact isolation is almost like quarantine should be implemented. My mother barely eat, and we had to be in the room with her hospital gown and gloves, or even in contact with him.
face an episode of internal bleeding caused by the rupture blood vessels are very traumatic and my mother to the hospital after she fainted weakness eyes rolling back in his head for extreme blood loss. There was blood on his belly, blood transfusions and had to be issued to ensure that her blood count is back to normal, which is usually 14 to possessing almost half. What the doctor did not ask him he could have died then. In order to be recognized this weakness and extreme symptoms usually black and loose stools. I experienced the same thing when I was four years old and was diagnosed with acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.
We tried to chemotherapy, which is extremely difficult for the body, killing the cells with good bad. Chemotherapy as an infusion body of toxins in order to get rid of the other poisons. it works for some people, but unfortunately it is a case of pancreatic cancer is rarely successful. I'm not a doctor, so do not give medical recommendations on how to treat pancreatic cancer, but my own personal views, experiences and observations, I would say, if possible, find a better way.
There are alternative therapies, natural remedies and experimental treatments. Cancer patients can request the type of cancer trials are conducted and were, in many cases, they become a part of the study receive free or very low cost experimental treatments. One day one of these experimental treatments may be the answer. My mother was an experimental chemotherapy, but it was not too hard on the heart. One of the smaller tumors do not disappear, but it was not enough to save her.
Chemotherapy can carry side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and decreased white blood cell count. Historically, chemotherapy has not been effective in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, but there is an agent approved by the FDA using more up to date treatment called gemcitabine has helped to shrink some tumors of pancreatic cancer.
At one point we went to a doctor specializing in naturalpathic alternative cancer treatments that could a treatment that has been proven to be effective in pancreatic cancer. The name of the intravenous treatment – lipoic acid / Low-Dose Naltrexone Protocol. There are various articles and information on the treatment for you is to research and intelligently so.
treatment of the problem was that prescribed one drug for which only need to spend a compound pharmacy block the influence of opiates and since it was my mother's morphine painkillers known as opioids plunged into chronic pain episode that caused him lose coherence in pain and go to the emergency room, where the only thing you can do to ease the pain was to give her a medicine strong enough to sedate him and knock him out completely. This is a huge setback for treatment. The opiate blocker would have to have been a very small amount that should not have a negative effect on him, so if the chosen treatment done before extensive research and ample preparation for trial.
If you personally deal with cancer or know someone close to you that you have, you learn quickly that everyone has a product to sell that claim to heal someone Cancer. Maybe it is and maybe it is not. Again, I remember watching an interview with Barbara Walters and Patrick Swayze, when he said something to the effect, "If you had a miracle cure for cancer will be rich, and everybody knows it so only their mouths." We tried several products and ordered all thought would make a difference or be a cure. I & # 39; I'm going to share with you two things that you can buy on your own, you do not get a chance to try them because they found out too late. I do not know, make it work, but worth a try, like anything, if you or someone you love is dying.
search for YouTube videos and banking soda to treat cancer and searching the internet for articles that specifically discuss the asparagus for the treatment of cancer. There is so much more I could say about the various treatments and medicines, but instead of being on and on about this subject I would rather give you a few helpful hints.
Tip # 1: If you are strong enough to do it, aerobic exercise will help chemotherapy patients by removing toxins from the body, chemotherapy sweat. I read an article once a lady that he felt too ill to cancer, aerobics, when he was invited colleagues to class because they do not know they have cancer. He started classes last, and poorly at first and then started to feel better. He was sweating out toxins, and a year later he taught in the classroom Cancer Free.
Tip # 2: If you are a cancer patient & # 39; and veins of the point where blood is extremely difficult or IV administration of medication to the Central line, which is the port IV medication is inserted into the jugular vein can be a good ultrasound. I witnessed the pain my mother as she was putting out several times attempted to blood and insert IV & # 39; s. Save yourself the pain that the Central Line.
Tip # 3: Keep a positive attitude and laugh as often as possible. The Bible says that the heart of laughter doeth good like a medicine. Sometimes you laugh will make the cancer more than any drug. Laughter heals, and it makes a person & # 39; s time on this earth more enjoyable. Talk about funny memories from the past with family and friends and laugh, laugh, laugh! You deserve it! Mental support is important. Encourage talk about the positive things, and most of all, to be there for people to know that you have cancer. Cancer and make things a person goes through her daunting. I coached my mother, and encouraged him and told him also that this time would not have believed it. Encouragement love can time a cancer patient & # 39; s life. Many questions and gain as much knowledge as possible. If a drug or treatment, or a cancer patient will know that the wrong; Talk to your doctor about it because there is always an alternative.
Entry # 4: Disappointment:
Generally, there are disappointments in life. If you already have a disease disappointing, disappointment can be enlarged. What do you do when the Chemo does not work? How do you react when you found out is not a panacea to cure? How do you deal with failure that surface along the way? What you do is you go, I keep trying and not give up. It is important to express disappointment and recognize it until it takes you captive. It was only after the disease is disappointing, not to mention the obstacles, while the fight against the disease. Disappointment is not only experienced a cancer victim, but also family and friends that love that person so much.
I worked for the MBA, when my mother's cancer. Since he was already in step 4 of the cancer when diagnosed shortly after we learned of the diagnosis that the cancer has spread to the lungs and other areas of the body. I remember the day when I learned that. I started to cry at work, and can not stop, and had to leave the office. I know what it's like to try and keep it ruptures and there is nothing you can do to keep them he kept his eyes. I know what it feels like to cry, while the stomach and jerks off and snot coming out of his nose and feel like throwing up. My mother was my best friend, and because of that I know well the disappointment.
always been interested in people's stories published these wonder these books Combat Cancer made. Their methods worked for them, no doubt, but my mother had such bad shape he could not do most things these books said to do, and it's so disappointing. I wanted to talk to these people in person just ask them … How? How did you do it?
One of the biggest challenges was that my mother was a minister and Pastor and I had a lot of people praying for him, he also believed in its healing. Father Yah (God) is a healer, but he was not always a cure, and there is always a question as to why for those who have not healed. Dottie Olsteen the wife of the late Pastor John Olsteen Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas is now grazed by Joel Olsteen had terminal liver cancer at the same time. Dottie gathered in the healing instructions from the Bible and began to talk to them yourself three times a day as a prescription drug, and totally and completely healed.
Why him and not my mother? I do not know. Perhaps Yah (the name of God Almighty, the Creator in Hebrew) was ready for my mom to come home with him. All I can say is that is disappointing, and it comes in many forms. The best cure for disappointment is to overcome the attitude of gratitude, accepting that you do not know the reason for everything, but I know that there is a reason and purpose of all things. Stay positive, while the soul and spirit open to anything can happen. Disappointment comes when something other than what they expect, or pre-done. Cancer is you have to be prepared for whatever success or failure. should be encouraged; You are stronger than disappointment. Do not let it go to corner, but be prepared for it. Know that every disappointment is a victory for the other side.
Entry # 5: Nutrition:
Anyone Cancer to reconstruct their diet includes foods that combat and can even cure cancer. Eat and drink substances that are not acidic, alkaline and highly concentrated antioxidants. Research to find the cancer healing foods.
One of the most important things to do is to drink plenty of water. Water is the source of life and the human body is mostly water. There is one author that has written a book, "You're not sick You & # 39; Just thirsty," talks about the importance of water and its effect on the body.
Diet is a rough theme pancreatic cancer, because you'll know the right things to eat, and not be able to consume them. The disease affects the digestive system makes it very difficult to eat and drink. The patient may lose your appetite and if they have an appetite when you eat can make you feel sick. Pancreatic Cancer sabotaging the digestive system.
One thing that helped us with some information found in dill pickles, which helps digestion. In many cases, when someone pancreatic cancer or other digestive problems dill pickles to eat every meal will help offset the digestive problems, so they can eat the food in a comfortable and keep your diet the body.
There are medications available that stimulates the appetite, but if dill pickles can be eaten at every meal, which will help greatly as well. Because pancreatic cancer patients have difficulty eating and tend to lose a lot of weight, dietary supplements such as protein shakes suggest that consumed the straw easier to use. Peanut butter can be added to shakiness to increase calorie content and nutritional value of the shake. Another suggestion is to eat very small meals throughout the day constantly. A cancer patient may not feel like eating, but in order to avail themselves of the need to eat. The lack of food and liquid can kill faster.
Vitamin D fights cancer juice and freshly juiced vegetable juices, green leafy vegetables can be extremely useful, especially when drinking juice after which vitamins and living matter at a high level. The diet is also important that the outer Epson salt baths, which help to heal and release toxins from the body.
We all know the adage. "You are what you eat" Eat what you alive and help it survive. The first three letters of the word diet is beyond words. Do not let them eat what they kill you. Since Cancer patients often have to give up foods they love to live in, it is good if the family can meet to support the efforts of dietary diet. Some foods make cancer grow as simple sugars. Cut the sugar out of your diet and make use of natural and alternative Stevia to sweeten foods. Stevia natural sweet letter, which is available in powder and liquid form to use to sweeten foods and recipes. I'm a big reader of the Bible is like that Stevia leaf, because the Bible says that mail should be used for healing the nation. Other well-known artificial sweeteners can be toxic to your body so be careful and avoid them if possible.
Entry # 6: Death
Even if you know someone is going to die, nothing really prepares you for the emotions, reactions and reactions in real life to death. Everyone & # 39; s experience is different, and I will share my personal experience with you in the hope that it will help in some way. I remember my mother looking at me one night and said to me: "I & # 39; m dying" I did not know what to say, well, because even though they knew the cancer and death was inevitable, he was not willing to accept the fact the he is going to die.
We took him to the hospital on Thursday and the next day they wanted to send him to the hospice. Hospice is a great place and terrible all at the same time. Great for the care and support, and provide patients with painless exit from this world. Terrible, because he knows that this will be the last place you love. Hospice facilities are very comfortable and you get a chance to say goodbye, even if you do not want. Nobody. Please note that you're not the only one going through this; you're not the only one who has ever gone through it.
counselors are available, as well as the chaplain of spiritual support and prayer. You will get a booklet describes the process of death, which will help you know when death is near. During this process, so the cancer patient a lot of love, comfort and support, and make sure yourself that ample food and rest. Talk to your loved one while they react and even after they are caused by a drug comma, because I still hear it. Are you sure you can not be selfish and allow them to pass, so he does not hesitate to suffering. That's all I will say about the hospice experience, you more than you really are inside. This is the time to meet with the funeral home and the preparations for the funeral and burial. You do not want to do this, but it is necessary and will help smooth out the process. Overall, hospice is a place to say your final farewell.
Entry # 7: Debt
My father only had enough life insurance mother & # 39; s funeral, and it is not recommended. At the moment, rather than a diagnosis of cancer screening as free insurance as possible. For some reason the bill collectors do not understand a word of death, and you'll be stuck on the bills that increase after the sadness of missing loved one. You should have a living will is that the patient is able to deliver medical decisions, and you also need a power of attorney to deal with the bills way before the death experience is you. You might handle the business matters that can not be addressed while they are still alive, and they went through on.Also make sure the will is in place, so you do not have to deal with probate. Some of the reports can be easily closed just after the death by submitting a copy of the death certificate to the creditor, and it is important that if the insurance is in place to pay off bills with the death of such a mortgage.
I shared your heart, soul, and intimate experience in this article, to the best of my knowledge. You will not be a crisis like cancer for us to get a mortgage and debt-free, but when something like cancer arise I know that because of the mortgage and debt free can be one less worry. They work to reduce or cancel the debts as possible. My father was more freedom and opportunities are now paid out of the house when my mother passed. In addition to the medical bills were regulations that cost $ 800 after a 10-day supply of prescription benefits run out. Death and disease do not know about the extra charges that can increase and extension of grief.
going to feel the pain of loss for a while, and it will be absolutely incredible for a very long time, but you can get it. Remember the good times, look at pictures of life and hear the voice of your loved one lives in the mind and soul forever. We wish you abundant peace. To find out how to get a copy of the book I & # 39; ve written in the hope to help people deal with the loss of a loved one, call or email me.