Sister just diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer

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Sister just diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer

by faith626 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 02:21 AM

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My 57 year old sister was just diagnosed with colon cancer, she already had surgery and now has a colostemy bag and they put in a port.  I've never been around anyone that's receive chemo and have no idea what is going to happen in the months to come.  The cancer spread to her liver and lung already.  The doctor gives her such hope and she has a great spirit and outlook.  I am a mess, I'm having a hard time with this I don't cry in front of her but I break down later.  Please someone tell me what I could do to help my sister. What will I be able to do for her during chemo to make things better for her? I will be giving my support strenght and love. Praying for a miracle! I Love You So Much Mary, Please Get Better.<3

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by IsaacBraun on Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:07 AM

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by Bongo2 on Thu Sep 25, 2014 02:41 PM

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The fatigue that can come with the chemo (especially on top of healing from major surgery) can be devastating and your sis needs rest to heal.  

So any help with cleaning of kitchen & bathrooms; vacuuming; making pots of healthy, organic soups; juicing nutritional smoothies with kale, fresh fruit, etc.; helping with organizing insurance papers; shopping, etc.

Having a person at doctors' appointments helps for preparing a list of questions ahead of time, taking notes, etc.

And it is nice to have someone with her to pass the time during chemo injections. 

What a wonderful sister!  Are you her main support system?

 

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by Hardunger on Tue Oct 14, 2014 04:12 AM

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On Sep 13, 2013 2:21 AM faith626 wrote:

My 57 year old sister was just diagnosed with colon cancer, she already had surgery and now has a colostemy bag and they put in a port.  I've never been around anyone that's receive chemo and have no idea what is going to happen in the months to come.  The cancer spread to her liver and lung already.  The doctor gives her such hope and she has a great spirit and outlook.  I am a mess, I'm having a hard time with this I don't cry in front of her but I break down later.  Please someone tell me what I could do to help my sister. What will I be able to do for her during chemo to make things better for her? I will be giving my support strenght and love. Praying for a miracle! I Love You So Much Mary, Please Get Better.<3

I have learned in a similar situation as yours - to take care of yourself so that YOU CAN be there when she needs you.  I keep his membership up at the gym and post - everything that I can keep his life as normal as possible - NOT TO HAVE HIM PULL AWAY FROM THE WORLD any more then his body needs.  I was watching the reruns of the Little Couple of Jen with her cancer - I am there if he needs me -

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by davezuro on Tue Oct 14, 2014 01:45 PM

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There are several protocols you can do to help your sister.  A great resource is a book called "Killing Cancer - Not People" by Robert Wright.  Bob is the Executive Director of the American Anti-Cancer Institute.  Several years ago he lost members of his family to cancer.  Yes, there are a lot of books out there, but this one nails it right on the head.  It is loaded with tons of information to help families diagnosed with cancer.  So there is hope!  Read it, you won't be disappointed!

Order the book at www.americanaci.org

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by waiting on Tue Oct 14, 2014 02:33 PM

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it appears the cancer has mastasized into her liver and lung - that is unfortunate - be brave - more importantly be positive - it will help her remain positive -- my husband had colon cancer and opted out of chemo and radiation and lived another 21 months - they had given him 3 to 6 - his positive attitude is what helped him -- the doctor being hopeful is a good sign - I will pray for your sister - and for you - that you remain strong during these trying times - and remember POSITIVE POSITIVE - it really helps

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by Hardunger on Sat Oct 25, 2014 09:21 AM

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On Sep 13, 2013 2:21 AM faith626 wrote:

My 57 year old sister was just diagnosed with colon cancer, she already had surgery and now has a colostemy bag and they put in a port.  I've never been around anyone that's receive chemo and have no idea what is going to happen in the months to come.  The cancer spread to her liver and lung already.  The doctor gives her such hope and she has a great spirit and outlook.  I am a mess, I'm having a hard time with this I don't cry in front of her but I break down later.  Please someone tell me what I could do to help my sister. What will I be able to do for her during chemo to make things better for her? I will be giving my support strenght and love. Praying for a miracle! I Love You So Much Mary, Please Get Better.<3

My ipad keeps shutting down. But just to let you know I keep things as normal as possible. I know he is just as concerned about me. I go out to dinner with friends. Get my hair done. Keep his memberships up in his favorite organizations. When He gets a renewal in the mail I go ahead and pay it. As a Doctor told us. He is the big circle and Cancer is a small circle. NOT vice versa as he felt.

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by waiting on Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:24 AM

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always good to kep things as normal as possible - I agree with Hardunger - try to keep things moving ahead - enjoy each other as much as you can - and thank God for every minute you have with each other -- you know the enemy it is Cancer - you have some control - the young soldier killed this week in Ottawa did not know what hit him -- my husband had colon cancer - he always stayed positive - God love him - laugh as much as you can - hold hands - enjoy each other - as this is a bridge - and you will cross it at yours and his pace -- take your time - something is on the other side of that bridge - you just do not know what it is -- take care - be strong

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by waiting on Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:26 AM

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sorry at yours and her pace

RE: Sister just diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer

by eternalife on Sat Oct 25, 2014 02:33 PM

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Hello,

Colon cancer is one that has a better cure rate. Do not despair. Be strong for your sister. We all have to carry some suffering in our life. It will not be easy. Cancer can wreck families and lives. Your sister may be one of the lucky ones.

Best

PS I have been down the road twice as a caregiver. Take one day at a time, it will not beat you.

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