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Good was posted 01/31/2016 09:19 pm by Anonymous
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Good. You have a plan. Remember, there are always options, and we always can have goals for things to get better. There is always hope, and you may just realize that what you hope for changes from day to day. And that's ok.

None of us know how much time we have. ALL of us are dying, moving towards death, every day of our lives. BUT WE ARE ALSO LIVING TODAY!! Tell your doctors if they forget.

And tell your mother that you have done research and that you have learned that pancreatic cancer produces a substance that travels through the bloodstream to the brain and causes depressed mood. Depression is actually a symptom of PC and is one of the earliest symptoms of the disease. Tell her this is not a sign of weakness, or giving up... this is one of the side effects of the cancer. So we must fight it, and honestly, it needs a medicine. So try one more time to see if there is a psychiatrist (they can prescribe medicines... usually psychologists/therapists cannot) who works in the cancer center who can see your mom. And FYI - there are medicines that improve mood AND treat pain (they are nerve pain medicines!!) so the psychiatrist can help by considering one of these medicines for your mother's mood that will help her pain as well. Then she may not need as much morphine. Effexor and Cymbalta are two good possibilities, and there are more that can affect both.

Good luck to you and your Mom. Keep us posted.

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