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Let's Discuss...the importance of caregivers

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Caregivers play an important role in the cancer journey.  They often wear many hats, providing rides to appointments, personal care, and emotional support.  Do you have someone who cares for and supports you?  Can you imagine this journey without them? 

Are you a caregiver, if so how do you balance caring for your loved one and self-care?




I suggest speaking with your Mother's medical team about the prognosis. The lung cancer and heart failure conditions are unique to your Mother and sometimes even the doctor's cannot predict outcomes with exact numbers. I am sorry you are going through this, and your Mom's prognosis will change along with her physical condition.

I am glad to know you have some in home health care now. That is hopefully giving you some relief in having that in home service.

I mentioned in previous posts that it may be beneficial to all concerned to look into palliative or hospice services outside of the home. Some hospitals do provide this service with seperate facilities or wings within the hospital.

Keep your own health (mental and physical) in mind as well. You have been the sole care provider to your Mother since her diagnosis. Don't think you are a bad person for needing help or having to change your Mom's location based on her or your needs.

Take care, and I hope you get the answers you seek about your Mom's prognosis.

Keep well.

ACH2015 - Andy.
  • Posted Sun 18 Feb 2018 01:50 PM EST
As a caregiver to my mother who was dx with lung cancer (non smoker) in August 2017 I was hoping to hear from anyone with a similar situation.  My mother is now in heart failure due to two recent, mild heart attacks.  her B/P is 90/50.  I do have CELHIN assisting with in home health care.  I cannot find any information about lung cancer combined with heart failure, or is this because of the lung cancer?  As morbid as this may sound, I just want to know how much longer she has left, so that I can make it the happiest, most comfortable time of her life and to help me mentally prepare.  Initially the oncologist said that without treatment of the lung cancer a patient would only have months, she is at the 6 month mark (as of tomorrow), now with the heart failure thrown into the mix....  I was hoping someone might have had similar experiences and I do know that not everyone is the same.   Any help would be appreciated.
  • Posted Fri 16 Feb 2018 10:16 PM EST

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