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Nancy was posted 08/31/2001 08:51 pm by Steve
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Nancy,

I am sorry about your Mom.

Your Mom's doctor has just quoted the averages to you. Averages are calculated on groups of people. They have little predictive power regarding how long your Mom might live. The important things are what kind of shape she is in right now and how she responds to treatment? Rememeber that people live their own life, not an average life.

I think telling your Mom about her illness should be her decision. If she asks or expresses interest then you can make the call. My Dad, the engineer and manager type, wanted to know the numbers when he was diagnosed with PC. My Mom, a wonderful, gentle loving mother, never asked or showed the least interest in her prognosis. She maintained up to her last days that she was going to beat the lung cancer that had metastacized to her brain.

Good luck and peace,

Steve

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