Margaritaville24 Posted April 21, 2017 Share Posted April 21, 2017 Hi All, I am a little late to the game...my mom was diagnosed last August/September with stage IIIa non-small cell lung cancer (+EGFR mutation). It came as a huge shock to all of us as she's a non-smoker and leads a relatively healthy lifestyle, aside from immense amounts of stress. Since that time, she's undergone a really rough course of chemo with heavy, heavy doses of cisplatin and horrific side effects. Despite aggressive treatment, she recently progressed to stage IV. She's qualified for a couple different clinical trials and is currently receiving targeted immunotherapy. For a while, I've avoided these groups because I was scared of what I might read, but I also feel like I should be doing as much reading as possible to best support her. I am in medicine myself, I am a pediatric resident, and have had a pretty hard time juggling my demanding work schedule with my mother's diagnosis. We agreed that while things were stable-ish, we would both keep working at our respective jobs. That being said, I worry that at any minute things could take a turn for the worse, in which case I would drop everything and be at her side. I am a big believer in God, but am doing a poor job at putting my faith in him and trusting that things will work out the way they are meant to. I'd really love some direction from anyone on here with experience, someone who might be able to provide me with a roadmap of what resources I should be looking into or ways to better support my mom. It feels like every morning I am waking up from a nightmare that turns out to be real life and I don't think it's something I'll ever get over (though I guess I don't expect to get over it honestly). Anyway, would again appreciate any words of wisdom. Best, M Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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