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hi! my name is tracy. my dad was diagnosed new year's day with LC. I am daddy's little (34 years old) girl. my dad and my family are strong in our faith. i know that this is the only way that we will cope and fight this cancer. dad starts chemo and radiation on monday. as usual, daddy is trying to protect his little girl. i have no idea what type of cancer he has and that is hard for me to understand. just please pray for my dad and our family. thanks for listening and praying. tracy

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Tracy,

So sorry to hear about your Dad. And I'm sorry you had to seek us out, but VERY glad you found us. Hopefuly you'll be able to find out more about the type of cancer your Dad has. That way you can be more of a help for him.

In the meantime prayers are on the way for you and your family.

Let us know how things are going.

Dean

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Hi tracy,

I sure know how hard this can be- I was daddy's little girl at 30, so I can really relate. Information and research on his disease are key in surving and also a strong positive attitude pay a MAJOR role. Please come here for support. And talk to your dad. Let him know that you are scared with "not knowing" and if you want the role--tell him you'd feel useful if you knew the details of his diagnosis so that you could research and learn everything you can, all available options, so that you can help him in his fight. If things are better left to dad, still, this is a good place for emotional support for you. These folks are the best.

Keep us posted and I will be praying for you dad.

((HUGS))

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Tracy,

I am sorry you are here :( However,take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. I have met many wonderful people here. My mom is battling the deamons also. You will find that there are lots of people in your age range here fighting the same battle--I am 31. Feel free to write me anytime!

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Hi Tracy,

I’m very sorry to hear about your dad. Have a 20-year-old daughter who is my little girl and pride and joy. However have not held back with any information. I tell her like it is. No sugar coating. Do not believe it would be fair to her not to keep her informed. Lung Cancer affects everyone involved. This is not the movies, this is real life. Please talk to your father and express how important it is for you to know about his disease. To be there with him and help him as he goes along on this journey. Keeping you in the dark will only add to your worries and concerns. Take it one step and one day at a time. Be pro-active and learn as much as you can. Stay with us, great people with lots of information, support and caring. Hope this helps. My prayers are with all of you. Peace, take care and God Bless.

Rich

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Tracy,

My dad and I stand on different sides of the fence with this disease - I was diagnosed at 34. I keep my parents updated on my appointments and scans and they ask if I forget - but it's my husband that goes to all appointments with me and makes sure I'm "following orders".

By all means, talk to your father about the specifics of his disease - if only so you can check back here with side effects he may experience from treatment, etc. I know my dad wouldn't share a lot of information with me, after all, I'm "just a kid"! :roll: The only thing I knew about his bypass surgery came from my mother and then the doctor as we waited out his surgery and recovery....his bout of cancer was the same way as it was a "personal" issue.

Please, when you find out what he has, DO NOT surf the web for "statistics" and if you do, don't share them with Dad. They're grim...and outdated. Find your hope here and pass THAT on, the survivor stories, the PEOPLE that are involved in the fight, NOT the "statistics".

Welcome to the family!

Becky

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Tracy, welcome aboard, Sorry you have to be here but you could not have found a better place. Please listen to Becky, do not get caught in in the statistics game, taht is the worst thing you can do. We will all be here for any information you may need and all the support you may need. Know that there will be many prayers said for you and your dad.

David C

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Tracy,

Sorry you have to be here, but you have found the best site on the Internet. There is so much support here and a lot of caring and knowledgeable people. Please come here often and will include you and your father in my prayers.

God Bless

Karen

DavidC :) - I love the picture of Faith and I see you have a chocolate lab. They are excellent with children.. Blessings and prayers to you, Karen and Faith. How is her hand healing?

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Tracy,

I am sorry you have to be here but glad that you found us. This is THE home of the most caring, compassionate, understanding "family" of folks you will ever meet. I hope you feel free to come to any of us with questions, gripes or ??? that may come up! Someone is sure to have dealt with the situation in one form or another.

Prayers for your Dad and your family.

God Bless,

MO

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Tracy,

You are the same age as my daughter and she was a great part of my being able to get through the diagnosis and initial treatment of this disease. She didn't live here, but traveled the 400 miles for my significant medical appointments and six chemo treatments. She knows everything that I know and you will need that information also to help your Dad and family.

Arm yourself with information...ask all the questions necessary and ask them until you get a complete answer.

I never forget that the person with this disease is not the only one who suffers the fallout. Everyone in my family and circle is effected.

You are all in my prayers and be sure to come to this site for further information and support.

Blessings,

Margaret

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Tracy:

You have found the right place to help your family. My dad was just dxd in October and we were scared to death. Hearing the diagnosis wasn't good enough for me (I was there during all tests and initial dr diagnosis). I decided I had to be the strong one for my parents and find out all I could to ask intelligent questions of the drs. I have learned so much from this board. Even though my parents don't have internet access, they rely on the news from this board and trust everyone's advice. Learn to appreciate each day with your dad and maybe you too can become "his eyes and ears" to help with the battle he has ahead. We didn't think my dad was going to make it out of the hospital when he was diagnosed (they overdosed him on paid meds and he ended up in ICU), but he showed them! He has good three really good months and has had a minor setback, but is trying new chemo now. Prayers to you and your family and hang in there!

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Hi Everyone! I just wanted to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart for all of the prayers and support that you have shown to me in just one day of being a new member!!! you all will be in my prayers daily!!! and continually!!!

My dad said tonight that it is Large Cell cancer , but i am still a little hesistant to ask him what type. i will pray about it and the Lord will show me the right time to ask. Dad goes to the dr on thursday and for a ct scan on friday with simulation. please say a prayer for him and us.

i hope that you all have a great day tomorrow.

love, tracy

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Tracy,

See if he means non-small cell? That would be a more familiar term.

Good luck with the visit.

Your dad is fortunate to have you be his eyes and ears with the drs.

Might I recommend a notebook where you write the questions and answers down? Nothing is more frustrating than getting home and remembering you forgot to ask an important question, unless you remember to ask then forget the answer.

It also helps to have a journal with dates, to track what's going on. Time I have found is VERY subjective when on this roller coaster ride.

You're in our prayers,

MaryAnn

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Hi Tracy,

I understand too, your fear. Ten months ago I found myself in a dark place and I knew nothing of what was going on. I just began with coffee and a keyboard each morning typing into www.google.com any words I could think of that had anything at all to do with the word cancer. Each website I found helped me understand a little more and a little more. Some sites I read had nothing useful but the vocabulary in them I knew meant something so I'd keep a notebook of medical terms. At the time my dad's cancer was in his head and neck. I also kept a notebook and I tabbed sections in it for treatments, for books on the subject, for websites, for foods to eat for loss of appitite, and one for products to use for my dad when he was recieving radiation treatments. I made up "comfort kits" for him and put them together when I got into town to see him. All of this was done with the help of people on message boards. People offer help and they help speed the learning process along. Before too long you will no longer feel like you are beginning a foreign language class. As this happens your feelings of being scared will not be so intense. And you will walk away with a world of knowledge, comfort, and many wonderful friends.

Hang in there....and don't forget hot relaxing baths to sooth and balance your feelings.

Chani

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Hi Tracy,

A belated Welcome to you. This is a great board to be on, lots of friendly support and encourgement when you need it . I am fairly new here and I know that I don't feel quite so alone since I joined.

Good Wishes coming to you and your Dad and family,

Paddy

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