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Maggie was posted 08/31/2000 12:38 pm by Suzy-I
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You're definitely on the right track, trying to spend as much time together, and making memories while you can. Yes, you WILL naturally get on each other's nerves. That is almost always a given when there is so much closeness. However, it is important to remember that while you all want to spend time together, you also need to have some individual space to think and reflect and "re-charge."

You said your dad's tumor is in the mid-section and tail. In some respects, this could be "better" news than if the tumor was in the head of the pancreas. Tumors in the tail don't seem to have as many rough complications. My dad's tumor was in the tail, and he was fortunate enough not to have many of the symptoms that other have had.

I don't know if your dad is opting for treatment or not, but if he is not going to take chemo or radiation, you should check out a referral to hospice. They have wonderful social workers who can help you.... as a family..... deal with many of these issues. Good luck.

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