kimblanchard Posted June 28, 2003 Share Posted June 28, 2003 Hi Everyone, I am looking for an honest opinion on the situation with my husband. I realize that reading my post alone will not give anyone a complete picture of what he is going through but I feel like no one (doctors) really knows where he is at or they want to sugar coat his condition (or give him a death sentence). At least the people on this board are actually living with lung cancer or have taken care of a loved one with LC and can give me some honest insight. My husband has advanced NSCLC with adeno and squamous cells. His left lung has advanced disease (not sure if it is cancer or just cancer related). He has mets to his lymph nodes, liver and bones. He cannot breathe for an extended period of time w/o oxygen (as of this week). He has a really good appetite but he is afraid to eat too much because he has bad diarrhea. Other than getting up to use the bathroom, he is bed ridden. He is alert, has good color in his face and looks hydrated. If he wasn't in bed with an O2 tube, you wouldn't think he is sick based on looks alone. I am staying positive, hopeful and optimistic but I am getting the feeling from others that there is little hope. A social worker got involved at the hospital and suggested that we get hospice involved so that he can go home and be comfortable to die. I have read some very encouraging stories on this board and I definitely don't want to give up (and I don't want Chris to get to that point either). I am upset because I feel like the doctors, nurses, social workers and basically everyone is treating me like a child because of our age difference (23/50). I want what is best for Chris, I can handle whatever that is. Right now, I am taking care of him at home 24/7. I have read stories about people going out and about there normal lives after a chemo treatment, and Chris is in bed day and night (I don't feel very optimistic about that). Do we have any real honest hope here?? Has anyone here been this sick and it has turned around? I can handle the truth, whatever it is. Any insight is greatly appreciated. (I gotta go now, Chris is really hungry for KFC.....that can't be a bad thing ) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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