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I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I don't know very much about small cell but I do know that new treatment options are being developed very frequently.
Having said that I also understand what it's like to be facing death. I had a similar experience as you. When I was first diagnosed the Oncologist said 6-18 months with aggressive treatment. At that time I was so sick and had so much pain that I was able to accept that death was in the near future. My family and friends however, were in denial and I couldn't get them to accept the poor prognosis.
My prognosis changed when it was discovered that I had a mutation that could be treated with targeted therapy.
I don't know much about you. How old are you? Do you have children?
How do you feel about death?
Looking forward to getting to know you.
Thank sir/mam for your response..I'll be willing to provide infos about his condition once I have them but all I know now are basic infos only based on what he told me.. I've never even seen any medical reports of him because all of his records were in Saudi where he was diagnosed..Later part this year, if Our Almighty God permits, I'll fly there to be his aid while undergoing treatments..
I purchased several books and a box of pencils while receiving chemo last summer, but it wasn't for me. Many people I know truly enjoy coloring, but for whatever reason, I couldn't get into it.
If I start chemo again this year, or in the future, I'm definitely getting a pair of noise canceling headphones. The grinding and beeping machines really got to me last time, and the headset will add to my comfort level.
I might also experiment with a small bottle of essential oil (discretely, so other patients aren't disturbed). Somebody gave me a small bottle of mint oil a few weeks ago to *help my migraines*. It didn't work, but I noticed it distracted me from nauseating smells. I might try it for the chemical smells that cause anticipatory nausea.
I suppose I could try the coloring books again. Maybe markers instead of pencils?
Edited to add: so many people enjoy coloring. They talk about how relaxing it is, etc. and there are a lot of really great looking coloring products out there, so I wouldn't hesitate to give one as a gift.