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My husband was an outstanding man. It was his acclimation towards life that
kept him alive for 18 months (of an almost normal life, after being diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer. He was 55 years old when he died. He lived and played
HARD!! Regretfully he drank too much and smoked both of which I gave up years
I was his primary caregiver. I was not trained in the medical field. My
degrees are in education. The most difficult procedure for me, as the
caregiver, was maintaing his PIC line and giving his medications to him in
that form. But, I'm here to tell anyone, that they can do whatever they have
to do in order to maintain the life of a loved one.
The chemo helped to reduce the tumors and to give us, our whole family, the
additional time with him but it also took its toll. I don't think, in
retrospect, now 3 yrs. and 9 days, that we would have chosen another way to
go. The 'power of positive thinking' is what kept him from the usual side
effects of chemo. and gave us the time we were so very lucky to receive.
What people who are not directly effected by cancer don't realize is that
cancer not only can destroy the victim of the disease BUT the entire family,
if they allow it. So if there is some way, other than financially, that I can
help please don't hesitate to contact me.
Posted 04/24/2005 11:34 am by RWP, Jr.
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