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My dad was just diagnosed with lung cancer


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Hi. My dad was just diagnosed with lung cancer a few weeks ago. I wasn't aware of the types and stages so I'm not sure what he's at. All i know is they said it's treatable, and I don't think it's spread. He had a bone test, and it's clear. He started radiation last week. I went to visit this weekend(he live 3 1/2 hours from me) and he seemed to be in better spirits than the last time I saw him. Although he wasn't looking or feeling too well. I cried the whole way home. I spoke to him last night and he told me he lost consciouness and fell on his face. He went to the doctor and they told him he has fluid in his lungs(I think he is getting it removed tomorrow?) He just sounded so beat down and depressed. Last night was the first night I completely broke down and bawled like a baby. I can't talk to my family(mother, brother,sister) about it, because I want comfort, not give comfort, - is that selfish? I know they are equaly upset about it, but I don't want to see them cry :(

It's hard to talk about, I am so sad, but writing this down makes me feel better.

I needed to get this out.

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I'm so sorry for your pain. Ideally, family comforts each other but sometimes it doesn't work that way. That's where this site comes in. Please share with us as often as you'd like. Your Dad is experiencing what we here call a bump in the road. Hopefully, the number will be few. But from my experience, I can tell you that each can be negotiated and he can be back in a place of hope. It's scary when things like he experienced happen. Hopefully when he get his lung drained, the feeling better will bouy him up. I know it did for me.

Let us know more about his cancer when you can--what kind, what stage. It allows those of use who've had similar dxs respond more specifically. The weekend is coming. Take time to be good to yourself.

Judy in KW

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