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Teresa Cathrine - THE CANCER - diagnosed 8/95, Whipple procedure completed
9/95. Cancer free until 12/97 when diagnosed with mets to the lungs. Not
until 11/98 did she struggle with pain and nausea. Her quality of life was
wonderful for three years. Her lungs were drained the end of December 98
which seemed to help her breathe better. She had a nerve block in early
January 99 which never made a difference in her pain. She began hospice care
the latter part of January 99. She was administered pain medication
(Oxycontin/Roxicodone), anti-nausea medication, stool softeners, and appetite
pills. Her nausea continued until the pain medication changed to a patch
"Duragesic Transdermal", accompanied by Compazine and Tigan. The
Oxycontin was used only for interim medicine. Teresa passed away on March
30, 1999 exactly 3 years and 7 months from initial diagnosis. THE WOMAN - 72
years old, widowed for two years. Three sons, one daughter and six
grandchildren. Teresa was raised on a farm with seven brothers (the only
girl) during the depression years and only knew "hard labor". She
worked at a meat pack for 31 years while raising a family, and
"retired" to run a restaurant with her husband for several years
following. She was an incredible woman who had a wonderful sense of humor
and was a hard working, honest woman. You always knew where you stood with
her. She was never better than anyone else and no one was better than her.
She was consistant and very, very loving. She was not only a good mother,
mother-in-law and grandmother, she was an incredible Friend. She loved her
family and life and most importantly GOD! I know she is with God now and the
loved ones who passed before her, and she continues to watch over us and
bless us with her love. She is dearly missed and often thought of. She
passed away with her loved ones by her side, on her terms and very
peacefully. Good-bye is just for now. She is not gone, just gone on ahead.
WITH ENDLESS LOVE!!!!
Posted 04/15/1999 12:38 pm by LA
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