Stomach cancer

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Stomach cancer

by Scaredwife21 on Mon Apr 17, 2017 03:38 AM

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Hello, my name is Dianne and my husband Bill was diagnosed with stomach cancer last week. He starts chemo tomorrow. Don't know what stage yet.  I need friends to talk to.  

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by OldRN on Wed Apr 19, 2017 05:12 AM

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On Apr 17, 2017 3:38 AM Scaredwife21 wrote:

Hello, my name is Dianne and my husband Bill was diagnosed with stomach cancer last week. He starts chemo tomorrow. Don't know what stage yet.  I need friends to talk to.  

Hi, Dianne.

I bet you've had many offers, but, if you want, you can add me to your list here.  I was a chemo clinic RN.  It's  been several years, so I can't speak with authority on protocols, combos, regimens, and other treatments, but I can offer an ear and a heart as you and Bill go into battle here.  I can discuss ports vs. per session access devices, and share with you what I know.  

Some things I will say just out of the gate are:

 1.  Start now to really partner with your oncologist.  That person, remember, has his or her own personality, but you should be able (the three of you) to have a partnering relationship.  Ask! Ask! Ask!  Speak up!  Voice any fears or hesitations you may feel.  You are just like everyone else entering this battle: everyone is or has been where you are now.

2.  Get to know and become friends with the RNs who administer your chemo.  Remember, they are highly educated and very skilled, and we learn much of what we know from YOU.  Your RNs are your advocates, and they can give you much practical help with any issues that chemo causes.  We really love you!  Chemo and oncology RNs are there by choice.  They really care about you, and you are very important to them, on both a professional and personal level.

3.  The two of you have FUN together.  Make this the best it can be by doing those things you have always enjoyed.  Have a good time!  I guarantee you that, even during chemo treatment, you can enjoy yourselves.   A positive outlook is a major asset in managing well this time that you'd rather not have had.

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by Scaredwife21 on Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:10 AM

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You are my second friend. Thanks for your reply. 

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by bobdonaghy on Thu Apr 20, 2017 01:44 PM

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Add me Dianne. I am an ear you can bend anytime. Bill needs your support and we can support both of you as well. I too am a cancer patient and while I don't have the medical background, I do have 19 months experience with this dreaded disease. Hang in there.

Bob

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by bobdonaghy on Thu Apr 20, 2017 04:50 PM

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If I may ask, how old is your husband?

Bob

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by Scaredwife21 on Thu Apr 20, 2017 05:41 PM

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Will be 61 in a few weeks 

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by bobdonaghy on Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:03 AM

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about my age then, I'm 63. he can do this, stay strong for him. encourage him to stay as active as he can. I know he will feel tired and it is ok to take naps to help, just don't let him lie around all day. I believe that the body needs to stay somewhat active to help heal. just dont overdo it.

Bob

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by OldRN on Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:59 AM

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I have no idea where the ?? came in my reply!  Please ignore.

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