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I am the sister of Kathy Beltramea of Washburn IL. I live in Anaheim CA.
Kathy was diagnosed with pacreatic cancer, stage IV in July 1997 after simply
having an extreme case of generalized itching. Surgery was done immediately
but they were unable to do a whipple procedure due to vein interaction (the
location of the tumor). Kathy chose to undergo the chemo treatment of 5FU.
The 5FU did stop the growth of the tumor and she was strong enough to be able
to enjoy a wonderful trip with her parents to Florida to visit her sister and
brother. Unfortunately the chemo had stopped working by May of 1998. The
final round of chemo treatments made her very weak and nauseous. It was
impossible for her to keep food down. My bil and her went to MD Anderson
Cancer Clinic in Houston and also visited Dr. Stehlin of the Stehlin Clinic.
Both facilities suggested she return home and begin treatment with Gemzar.
MD Anderson had great suggestions regarding nausea and pain medications that
were great for my sis. At this time we started intensive alternative
medicine therapy including tinctures of dandelion root and milk thistle for
the liver, colloidal silver to prevent mouth sores and viruses, hydrazine
sulfate for the appetite and to prevent the "wasting away" and
cancel aka cantron. I feel with all my heart many if not all these things
are what helped my sister continue, along with the act of DOING SOMETHING
(Hope). The chemo and cancer had made her so weak and her ammune system was
so compromised that it became a tough battle. She was never strong enough to
begin the Gemzar treatments without it causing her great discomfort. My
wonderful sister passed on August 15, 1998 at the age of 47 years. A week
before this she had developed a blockage that would not allow her to swallow
at all and her throat muscles were also too weak to swallow. In her last
days, she had limited pain, no ascites, no swelling and no jaundice. She
passed on at home peacefully with her family surrounding her the last few
days and walked into the arms of God to join her family in Heaven. My sister
greatly surpassed all the "timelines" her oncologist had given her.
He was always amazed to see her alive and doing as well as she was doing
each time she visited him. Her GREAT strength, positive attitude, will to
live, love for her family and love from her husband, children, parents and
other family created daily miracles of life. Her husband continued until the
last couple days to see the small but consistent progress she was making.
Their attitude was always that the glass was half full, never half empty. He
was the BEST and most loving caretaker anyone could EVER hope for. My
sister's funeral was a tribute to the wonderful loving, constantly giving
person she was here on earth. She is missed terribly by her family and
friends but I do believe I've heard the angels singing in joy now that she is
one of them. Til we meet again my sweet girl!
Posted 10/16/1998 09:47 pm by Barbara K
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