Loosing my dad to colon cancer
My dad was 60 yrs. old when he was diagnosed with stage3 colon cancer. He did chemotherapy after colon surgery in early 2011. He did about 6 weeks of chemotherapy and stopped because the chemotherapy was just too hard on him. He lived alone and made it that much more difficult to go to his appointments and struggled with nausea. However, he did finish all the therapy but missed the last chemo. session. The chemotherapy actually brought him down to a stage1. He did fine for the first year but soon began to show swollen lymph nodes, and pain in his liver region. He began to have extreme pain in his liver region and went to the emergency room in May 2013. He soon discovered from a CT that the cancer had spread and was not operable. He went back to his oncologist and began another course of chemotherapy, which he started in July 2013 and ended late Oct. 2013. I watched my dad take lots of medication from pills to patches, but the pain kept coming back stronger. He became weak, dizzy, shaky, itchy, sick and detested food. He soon couldn't drive and didn't want to talk on the phone. He never could get a hold of his pain and soon the oncologist said lets go to hospice and maybe they can help with your pain. He went into hospice on Monday night and died the next Wednesday morning. The mass on his liver was growing and causing him extreme pain. I thank God everyday for giving me 6 wonderful days and nights at hospice with my dad. I miss him dearly and I'm glad my sisters and I were there for him and all the family got to see him before he died. His funeral was paid for that summer so we didn't have to worry about that. Everything fell into place but I miss him so much. He had his 62nd birthday that Tuesday at hospice the week before he died. Dad died at 62 years old from colon cancer and mets. to his liver on November 20th, 2013. Love you dad!