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Lisa was posted 09/30/2001 05:47 pm by Brenda/Indy
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This may or may not be a funny story--(I think it is funny). My dad has been fighting bile duct cancer since April. He looks and feels like hell. A few weeks ago, my ex-who is a physician, decided to pay him a visit. Hasn't seen him in 6 years, never saw him much when we were together ( his family always came first!). Dad has lost 60 lbs, walks around holding on to the furniture, stares into space a lot. Ex calls me in a panic that night ( I live two hours away) 'You have to go to your Dad tonight, he won't make it much longer'. I hung up and called my Mom (I had been there two days before) who said' Gosh, he is really having a good day today, you should have seen him yesterday'. Anyway, the point is, (I think) people who are going through this look and feel like they are dying ( even when they're not, tho sometimes they are) and the combination of cancer and 5-FU kicked my dad's butt like nothing else. Now, a few weeks later, he is on Gemzar, gained three lbs( fish oil and glutamine that I learned about here), and wants to go to Las Vegas. I think we can only take it one day at a time, I only hope your dad has a caring doc and one who takes his pain seriously and keeps trying to help.

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