kdgmom6 Posted January 17, 2006 Share Posted January 17, 2006 Hi, I'm new here and feel blessed to come across this board. I'm not sure where to start and my thoughts are so scattered. Please bear with me as I try to tell my story. My mother was diagnosed with Stage IV NSCLC the end of November. She has a large tumor on her left lower lung and 2 on her right lung. The cancer has spread to her brain. They have already done 10 treatments of whole brain radiation and 24 treatments of radiation/low dose chemo on her left lung tumor. She is now having difficulty with her heart. Her heart rate is high (158 per min). She is seeing a cardiologist and having more scans done tomorrow. I'm not sure what all this means. She is in great spirits and wants to fight but she is very tired. She has been hospitalized for dehydration. She is home now but still not eating/drinking much at all. She sounds awful on the phone and really doesn't want my sister and I to visit often. The three of us have always been so close and I feel a little shut out. I know that she is just trying to protect us but it's killing me. I have spoke with her doctors and they just try to encourage me. I have been cleared w/ mom and doc to have any info that I want. The doctor told me that her time frame could be grim a few weeks to very hopefull many many months maybe years. I'm not trying to be negative but isn't that a little odd? Everyone else seems to get a normal time frame. I feel that the doctor isn't being straight with me. I lost my brother during the past year to testicular cancer this road is to familiar. Thank for any info/comment/suggestion Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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