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My dearest friend Paul was diagnosed with advanced PC the first weekend in
April. I was his health care proxy, I accompanied him to doctors, I helped
to coordinate 24 hour coverage by family and friends (he was too weak and
confused to stay alone). In addition to the PC with liver mets, Paul had
major problems with clots and bleeding - before his PC diagnosis, he had been
diagnosed with DVT (deep vein thrombosis) -- a very unusual diagnosis for a
healthy man of 55 who walked everywhere! I later learned that clots and
bleeding problems are frequently seen with PC. Over the next few weeks, Paul
had more trouble with clots - leading to a pulmonary embolism, a heart
attack, and a mild stroke. He was on anticoagulants - but those led to
Paul did receive one treatment of Gemzar - - but his cancer was just too
advanced. Seven weeks after diagnosis, he had another major GI bleed, and a
scan of his head indicated 'many' small clots scattered in his brain. He
lost consciousness with that bleed, and died two days later.
Paul was a wonderful man - smart, funny, gentle, compassionate. He touched
many lives for the better. Paul and I shared an unconditional love -- a
love which was rare and precious between friends. I was honored to be able to
care for Paul during his illness, after he had given me so many years of love
and friendship. I'm looking for ways to pay that forward - to repay the
universe in some way for the great gift I was given in loving Paul and being
loved by him.
I have continued to participate in the discussion board in that spirit --
trying to reach out to other caregivers.
Posted 08/12/2006 04:34 pm by Didi
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