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  1. My Dad didn't have an appetite, but he forced himself to eat. He has been through a lot and all that radiation and chemo can really do a number on your appetite. Yes, go to the dr and go through everything with them about his health at this point. They will be able to guide you the right way. I wish you the best and my prayers are with you.
  2. Is he drinking Ensure. My Dad drank ensure mixed with ice cream to keep the weight up. It is important that he gets his nutrients. When was his last PET Scan?
  3. karenlaureti

    Dad's day

    Katie, must have been such a rough day, but as others said, your parents must be so incredibly proud of you. My prayers are with you!
  4. This post makes me sad. It just truly amazes me how when someone is lost that is so very important the whole dynamics in ones life changes. The family dynamics, the friendship dynamics. I think even me, who just lost my Dad, has a different relationship right now with my friends. They don't really want to "talk" about that with me. I guess people just don't know how to respond after something like this happens. I just lean on the ones right now that are there for me. I am sorry that all of you are going through this, as I see my mom feeling very alone right now also. How hard it is to go from the "couple" routine to being a "single". Know though that all of you are watched over by your husbands, and that they would only ever want the best for you. As you all move on, I wish you peace!
  5. I am so sorry that you are hurting so bad. I just lost my Daddy only 3 months ago, and I think what happens is, in the beginning we are in shock for a little, then all of sudden we just miss them so much and the pain seems even worse in our hearts. My husband always tells me that my dad would not want me to hurt so bad. Then I think of him watching over me, and know this. I believe we all have hard days and them some o.k. days, and then every once in a while we laugh. Grieving is hard. Know you are in my prayers!
  6. I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. I just wanted to tell you that what you need to remember is this, none of us know how long we have to live on earth. Whether we have a disease we know about now or not. Enjoy life, even though this is a new normal for the two of you, you can get through this and there are so many that have gotten through this and are doing great. Reach out when you need to on these boards, as you will find much support. Most importantly, try to stay positive as I believe this has so much to do with their healing. Don't forget to take care of yourself too!
  7. My Dad had PCI with minimal side effects. I would absolutely recommend it.
  8. Thanks so much, all of you for your kind words! I find comfort in knowing that all of you understand and feel the same things I do. I am so sorry that all of us have to feel like this. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for all of you for being there for me! Much love! Karen
  9. To everyone at there grieving right now, I am thinking of all of you. I lost my Daddy on October 6th and this is my first Christmas without him. It seems harder now than a month ago. I think it is because now, I just miss him so much. It still doesn't seem real and I feel that our whole family dynamics has changed since he has passed. I think of him in heaven and the peace he feels. I feel him in my heart always. I just really wish Christmas was over. So wierd how people feel badly in the beginning when you lose someone, yet, they feel like you should move on and you feel like you are just in limbo. I am blessed that I have my children as they keep me going. I just wanted all of you to know how much I am thinking of all of you. I don't respond much lately but want to help others going through what I went through. My Dad just went so quickly, not even a year. Hugs to all of you!
  10. I know what you are feeling so much. My Dad passed in October and the pain is deep. I pray for you and your family during this time.
  11. I am so very sorry! This makes me so sad. What a sad thing that he is sooo young. My heart goes out to his family!
  12. Please consider going to counseling. You need someone to talk too! You have been through so much in one year. I know how you are feeling. With me, I lost my Dad in October of this year and I ache so bad inside. To have both gone, I am so sorry! They have counselors that specialize in the grieving and dealing with this. It can't hurt............
  13. Please know that you can have hospice care at home. They come to your house. We did that with my Dad, he didn't go anywhere and we all stayed with him. Hospice is very up on this and they are really wonderful. I know how hard this is! I just went through it in October. My prayers are with you and your family!
  14. I am so very sorry for your loss! God Bless you and your family at this very difficult time!
  15. Thank you for sharing this story about your father with us. I feel so much in connection with you. I lost my Dad on October 6th and he was 69. He was also an amazing father! My heart truly goes out to you and your family. I understand this process and how the ache is in your heart. Please know that you were blessed to have such a wonderful man in your life and that you will always, always carry this with you. Take care of yourself!
  16. Oh Jen, Don't worry! My Fathers came back very fast and it was nothing like that at all. Of course my Dad had that sodium issue and that was our biggest clue all the time that he was slurring words, shuffling his feet, just out of it. Of course if he has pneumonia, this would cause fatigue. Don't get ahead of yourself. My Dad always said, "one step at a time!"
  17. karenlaureti

    So Sad

    I am crying off and on all day today. My dad passed yesterday a month ago, and I feel worse now then ever! Nevermind that I am dealing with my Aunt who has cancer and have relatives on her side calling me a thief and krook - saying I stole Jewlery from her when I went and did the walk thru with the realtor (I am her POA). Anyway, I know my Dad is looking down and thinking, this is crazy. I can't deal with people thinking of me this way! It hurts and I can't even talk to my Dad about it! That makes me so mad! Sorry, and thanks for letting me vent.
  18. karenlaureti


    Rochelle - I am so, so very sorry for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!!
  19. Remember My Daddy - Ronald Thomas Smith, who I lost on October 6th. Daddy, I love you forever, and ever! You will always be in my heart!
  20. Hi. I am sorry to hear about your progression, but, stay positive. It does sound like the Dr. is on top of things and you have a great attitude. I wish you all the best!
  21. I was lucky enough to work for a company that gave me a lot of time I needed. If I were you, i would take the Family Leave Act. That way, you can take time you need now, and go back when you are ready. I was so glad I had time with my Dad. Not as much as I wanted, as he lived in SC, and I lived in PA, but I was able to do some things. Good luck!
  22. I also lost my Dad on October 6th. I cried a LOT the day he passed, but now it is only so often. I believe that part of it is because you are still in disbelief as I am, and also just numb. Give yourself time, as I am doing for me. This is so very hard. Take care of yourself and know always how blessed you were to have such a wonderful sister and have that love!
  23. I understand you. Although for me it has only been 18 days since my dad passed, all I keep thinkin gof is those last months. The exhaustion, worry and always wanting to make him better. I can't get past that yet, and I miss him so much. I am sorry you are having a rough week. When I start thinking about those things, I look up at the sky and say, Dad, I know you are with me, and watching over me!
  24. karenlaureti

    So Sad

    I am so sad for everyone grieving right now. Not only have I lost my Dad, so many of you have lost someone recently, so odd that this is happening so much right now. Since my Dad passed on October 6th, my heart aches, and I am still really in denial part of the time. I just say, No, that couldn't have happened. Really, I don't know when it is truly going to hit me that all of this happened. I pray for all of you and your heart aching. Such a deep loss has happened to all of us. I never knew how bad this could feel! Take care all!
  25. Hi, Make sure you have him checked for low sodium. This is a major issue with SCLC and can cause very bad balance, trouble speaking correctly, unable to stay alert. My Father had this and it can be a real problem.
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