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  1. Tanner,

    I am so sorry Karen isn't feeling good. Yes cancer sucks and there is no joy in living with cancer as far as I am concerned, it is a constant battle and roller coaster ride. Take advantage of the time you have together now. I pray for you that things get better and all the best with the scans. Heather


  2. Push for the Tarceva - you never know. We did this as a last effort for my husband. Any other chemo would not have been tolerable for him. We asked for a miracle for him but it didn't work - his cancer was to strong and fast growing....it wasn't the most common in the book either. His radiated brain met doubled in size within a month. If it is going to get you I guess it will but a try is a try. Heather


  3. Hi

    If he hasn't had a brain scan yet he should have for the dizzziness and black outs. Shortness of breath could also cause this - and the shortness of breath if not progression from tumour growth as you had positive results could possibly be a pneumonia or some kind of infection. Last possibility may be low red cell counts - hemoglobins - or anxiety - get ativan. Just some suggestions..Hope this all clears up for you. Heather


  4. Ger got swollen lymph nodes a couple of times - I mean the cancer was already in his lymph but sometimes lumps would appear more prominently and the chemo would bring them back down again. Sometimes his whole neck would swell up and then we knew it was time for chemo. You are right - I hate nsclc, sclc and lcnec....they all are mean brutal beasts. Heather


  5. Teri - a miracle didn't happen for me and Ger,...but that is no reason not to believe that it won't happen for others...and they are possible so I pray for good results for you and Bill and everyone else out there who is waiting right now. I know the waiting for results is awful but hang in there and know I am thinking about you and sending positive energy your way!!!! Heather


  6. The hardest decision that I had to make was in my own head and that to acknowledge that there was no more fight and that it was time. Although we didn't get hospice we did go to the hospital a week before my husband died for 2 days - then we came home (his decision) and we had nursing care through the night and check ins during the day. I think there are pro's to hospice cause there is support for you and your husband and family. It will also help with some of the things that may happen as the time draws near and make him and yourselves more comfortable.

    Heather


  7. Two weeks ago tonight my husband passed away - here is a copy of his obituary:

    Mallard, Gerald Patrick (Mallard’s Painting)

    After a courageous battle with cancer Gerald died peacefully at home in the company of family on March 20th 2007. Gerald was a loving and kind hearted man in his 43rd year who leaves behind his wife Heather and sons Christopher and Sean and faithful companions Missy and Laddy. Much missed brother of Rose Ash(Terry), Artie (Bonnie) and Michael all of Newfoundland, Helen Campbell(Earle) of PEI and Bob(Monique) of Alberta. Dear son in law of Joan Switzer of Orillia and brother in law of Scott (Janet) and Karen(Len). Lovingly remembered by nieces Kelsey, Brandi, Jennifer and Vicki and nephews Shane, Corey and Sam. Remembered fondly by many other aunts, uncles and cousins – especially Ontario cousins Liz Bishop (Dave), Geraldine Greeley (Kevin) and Christine Cooper(Mike). Gerald was a member of Coldwater Slowpitch and the Coldwater Dart League. Missed by many in the communities of Coldwater and Orillia including wonderful friends Stuart Tinney, Tom Tinney, Roli Raymond, Neil Hillstrom, Chris Poisson , Chris Hale and John Bell. Many thanks to all of those for the support through Geralds illness especially Amanda (Bayshore), Roseanne, Father Andrew, Reverend Ed, Dave Beckett and Dr Brad Perigo.

    Donations can be made to the Childrens Wish Foundation or the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Oncology unit. Gerald will rest at Doolittle Carson Funeral Home Orillia Ontario March 23rd and March 24th. Service on March 25th. A celebration of life will be held in St John’s Newfoundland following cremation


  8. Tonight my husband and best friend died. He fought hard but the cancer was to strong and mean for him. He went quickly and peacefully. Thank you so much to everyone here for the friendship and support. I hope that I can be here for you like you have been here for me. Heather

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