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Maggie was posted 08/31/2000 02:09 pm by Angi
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My husband (age 47) had cancer of the tail of the pancreas. It was small enough at the time of diagnosis to only appear as a shawdow on CT scan. He had peritoneal spread and lived 5 months. His desire was to stay at home and we were able to provide that for him with only a visiting nurse visit once a week. I was able to judge how well he felt in the morning by asking him he wanted to watch his favorite show on tv. I used that as a guage for what we would do for that day. I let him decide what and when he wanted to eat, what activities he wanted to do, and when he just wanted to sit andtalk. There were days that all he wanted to do was sit and have me hold his hand. There were other days that we would walk or talk. The days he felt really well, he would want to travel 20 miles to see the lake we had built at our future home site. I guess what I'm trying to say is do whatever your father wants when he wants and how he wants. If he wants to talk about the disease, do so. If not, then do what he wants. This was the same method I used 15 years ago when my father was terminally ill with renal cell carcinoma. I have no regrets as far as how I dealt with my husband's illness. I wish I had spent more time with my father. Good luck to you and your family. Angi

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