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Michael and Amber was posted 06/30/2008 12:05 pm by Donna C in FL
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Sounds like your mom is just not one to give up the fight, and it will probably be hard to change that...she's obviously been fighting battles a long time. I'd say have your doctor talk to her, but since she is in control of her faculties and has already convinced the doctor to do her bidding, I'm not sure he could help, but might help you to talk to him yourself about what to expect. I admire her strength, and feel so sorry for your distress. Being the caregiver is so very hard. Can you talk to Hospice? You may want to interview more than one Hospice organization to see when/if they are willing to step in. Some won't come if your loved one is still receiving treatment, others will come if the doctor says the treatment isn't likely to stop the progression, but is palliative care. They are used to dealing with this and will let you know if they can help even though your mom isn't ready to give up yet. You can get some feedback and counseling there and if she gets to the point of really being in pain, she may be more willing to accept their help with pain management. I think everyone's passing with this disease is a little different. From what I've observed on this Board, some people seem to pass with little distress and just go to sleep, others have a lot of pain and will need lots of meds. It would probably be a good idea to at least have help ready to come in if/when needed. Others here who have dealt with this may have more ideas for you. This is so sad for you and your wife. I'm sorry and pray for strength for you to deal with this.

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