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My wonderful father Bob passed at the ripe young age of 53 years. Beloved
father of 3 girls (26, 29, 31) a wonderful wife of 34 years and 2
grandchildren the age of 2. I will tell you his whole story in hopes that it
may help somebody else...
In the late summer of 2005 he experienced mild back pain, it continued to get
worse near the end of October and he started taking more pain killers for it
and he chalked it up to getting old. By the end of October he started with
the abdominal pain, he was constipated at the time and he went to his doctors
and she thought his abdominal pain was due to the constipation and prescribed
him some laxatives. By early November it was so bad he could barely stand
up. He went back to his doctor and she scheduled him for an ultrasound which
wasn't for a few more days. On November 11th we brought my father into
emergency because his pain was unbearable (keep in mind we live in Canada),
they sent him home after giving him a shot of pain killer. Of course the
pain came back a few hours later. On November 15th I brought my Dad for his
ultrasound, nothing prepared us for what came next. The doctor informed my
Dad that he had a spot on his pancreas. The fear in his eyes and the tears
that followed after he told me that will live in my mind forever. His CT
scan was not scheduled until the end of the month. We brought my Dad back to
emergency 3 days later because he now had jaundice and the pain was horrible
and the percocet the doctor perscribed was no longer sufficient. The
admitted my dad into the hospital that day and on the following day they did
his CT scan. Two more days later we got the results from the CT scan. We
were all told that it was most likely Pancreas Cancer and it was most likely
malignant and that it was spread to surronding lymph nodes and his liver.
The devestating news tore our hearts in 2, but we remained strong for my dad
who wanted to be positive (like always) and move on to the next step to cure
himself. He was ready for chemo. In the weeks that followed he was in and
out of the hospital 3 different times and had his lungs drained once from
fluid and his stomach drained of fluid (ascites). We finally met with the
Oncologist on December 14th and they gave him the option to try chemo. He
was more then willing and didn't care about the side effects, he wanted to
get better. So he tried it once and didn't suffer many side effects from 1
time. On Christmas Eve we brought my Dad back into the hospital because his
breathing became so bad and he was having such a tough time moving around.
At the hospital he had a chest scan and the ER doc told us his lungs were
full of tumors and that he may not make it a week. 2 days later he passed on
December 26th. It wasn't a pretty site, his body filled with fluid until it
reached his mouth until he basically choked on it. Sorry to be so graphic, I
just want to prepare people. I have never had such a feeling of being so
helpless and watching somebody be in so much pain. The nurses said he wasn't
in pain because he was on so many pain meds to relax him. He was in and out
of consciousness as well.
My dad Bob was such a great man, so selfless, loving, honourable, thoughtful,
gentle, generous, proud, hard working, dedicated, I could go on and on. Most
of all, he loved everbody, never judged and he always managed to find good in
so many people. We loved him dearly and will miss him gratly. We will
treasure every second we spent with him, he honestly was the world's best
father. We all agreed! Thanks.
Posted 12/30/2005 07:37 pm by T
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