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Leukemia and Lung Cancer

Niece Passed away Oct 2005 and now her mother is fighting for her life.

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Comment by Esmeralda on October 17, 2012 at 4:27pm
I dislike cancer/leukemia myself now more than ever:( I just lost my 15 year old sister to leukemia and then liver failure in less than a week! She was diagnosed sep 17 an passed away September 22, 2012 :( can't really grieve because it feels so unreal to me all of it
Comment by barbara ellis on October 18, 2011 at 1:48pm

I just found this site while looking for grief counseling.  My father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer July 4th.  I took him to the emergency room for back pain, he thought he pulled a muscle and pain wouldn't go away.  After a cat scan they told us he had cancer that had spread to his liver, 2 spots on his spine and his brain.  I am having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that he always kept his doctor appts and had heart screenings and colonoscopys and in general took care of himself.  He was also seeing a hematologist/oncologist for a blood problem, yet NO ONE found this early enough to give him more than 2 months.  He passed away on September 14, 2011 without ever getting to come home. 

 

After the hospital, he was moved to a rehab/nursing home to continue being transported to radiation.  While in the rehab center, he was doing ok and eating and spending time with all of his loved ones.  2 weeks before he passed away, the social director came to his room and asked my sister for the name of the funeral home we were going to use.  About 3 hours later my father told my sister to tell he he wasn't ready for the box yet.  After that he gave up.  I am trying to find forgivness for that person but i haven't been able to and its tearing me up.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  My father was never one to hold a grudge and I don't want to be that way either.

Comment by barbara ellis on October 18, 2011 at 1:48pm

I just found this site while looking for grief counseling.  My father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer July 4th.  I took him to the emergency room for back pain, he thought he pulled a muscle and pain wouldn't go away.  After a cat scan they told us he had cancer that had spread to his liver, 2 spots on his spine and his brain.  I am having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that he always kept his doctor appts and had heart screenings and colonoscopys and in general took care of himself.  He was also seeing a hematologist/oncologist for a blood problem, yet NO ONE found this early enough to give him more than 2 months.  He passed away on September 14, 2011 without ever getting to come home. 

 

After the hospital, he was moved to a rehab/nursing home to continue being transported to radiation.  While in the rehab center, he was doing ok and eating and spending time with all of his loved ones.  2 weeks before he passed away, the social director came to his room and asked my sister for the name of the funeral home we were going to use.  About 3 hours later my father told my sister to tell he he wasn't ready for the box yet.  After that he gave up.  I am trying to find forgivness for that person but i haven't been able to and its tearing me up.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  My father was never one to hold a grudge and I don't want to be that way either.

Comment by Linda G. on July 23, 2011 at 11:28am
I just found this group also. I lost Neal to lung cancer October 10, 2010. From the time he was diagnosed to the end he had 5 months. We would have celebrated our 41st anniversary this past February. I saw on TV a couple of months ago about how much mone was spent on research for every person with different kinds of cancer. Lung cancer was the lowest amount of money spent. The reporter said it was because of the stigma of smoking. People need to realize that you can get lung cancer and never smoke or be around people who do smoke. I am so tired of this smoking thing I could scream. I live in NC where RJ Reynolds is and Wake Forest Univ. Hospital (a research hospital). RJ Reynolds supported a lot of families who worked there and also the tobacco farmers. I am not saying smoking is good for you, but people in NC need to remember that tobacco supported most of the people in NC and WFUH should put more research into lung cancer not just more poison chem to treat the cancer.
Comment by Barbara Roth on June 14, 2011 at 6:15pm
Linda, I know what you mean. I lost Jim to lung cancer on Oct.21, 2010. Nov. 8th was our 38th wedding anniversary. It's all I can do to put one foot in front of the other. Miss him so much. Didn't realize that I could hurt so much and still breathe. Hugs to you.
Comment by Linda C on June 14, 2011 at 11:54am
I just found this group. I lost my husband to lung cancer a year ago.  I am just lost without him. We had been together since I was 15.  We would have had our 40th wedding anniversary next month.  I think I am destined to walk around in this fog the rest of my life. :(
Comment by Lilly Becks on June 13, 2011 at 7:04am

I am very sorry to hear about your pain, and I hope all of you will get through. It saddens me that at 'evolved' times like these, people are still loosing parents and children due to diseases that will be maybe later cured with a few pills. That time will come, I only don't know when...

I lost my father in October due to Lung Cancer, he was 4 months away from his 71st birthday. He survived WWII, bullying at school because he looked like, and by a small part was, German. He survived his father leaving, and he took care of his family at the age of 15. Later he survived leukemia...But he smoked. A lot. And I find it ironic and it just leaves me with nothing to say, when I realize nothing could kill him except himself. I was 17 when he died, and I feel both sad and angry that he didn't live to see me mature, because I already now have a lot of questions that can be answered only by him, and those questions will only grow to be left unanswered. He was my everything, and I have never prayed and wished there was a Heaven so much. Because I hope and pray to God that He exists and that he looks upon how devoted my father was to me and my brothers, to look at his good deeds and take him in his garden.

He had leukemia at about the age of 30-40 and got cured. Is it possible, aside the too much smoking, that his leukemia also took a part in his later illness(Lung Cancer)?

Comment by Tara Coons-Hulett on June 9, 2011 at 4:14pm

I lost my dad on April 8, 2011.  He was diagnosed with Leukemia completely out of the blue.  He started chemo, and was in the hospital.  He was doing great, but then things started to take a turn for the worse.  He had double pneumonia, blood clots, blood infections, and his organs were shutting down.  He passed away 4 weeks after being admitted to the hospital.

 

I have 2 daughters, ages 6 and 3 who my dad was so very close with.  I also just had a new baby boy on May 19, 2011.  It breaks my heart so much that my dad never got to meet his grandson. 

 

I am such a daddys girl, always have been. I find that I refuse to grieve, I guess if I grieve or cry, it becomes real, and I dont want it to be.  I am so lost without him.  I dont know how to grieve.

Comment by Tara Coons-Hulett on June 9, 2011 at 4:14pm

I lost my dad on April 8, 2011.  He was diagnosed with Leukemia completely out of the blue.  He started chemo, and was in the hospital.  He was doing great, but then things started to take a turn for the worse.  He had double pneumonia, blood clots, blood infections, and his organs were shutting down.  He passed away 4 weeks after being admitted to the hospital.

 

I have 2 daughters, ages 6 and 3 who my dad was so very close with.  I also just had a new baby boy on May 19, 2011.  It breaks my heart so much that my dad never got to meet his grandson. 

 

I am such a daddys girl, always have been. I find that I refuse to grieve, I guess if I grieve or cry, it becomes real, and I dont want it to be.  I am so lost without him.  I dont know how to grieve.

Comment by Alisha on May 1, 2011 at 11:32pm
Lung cancer is a rapidly developing malignant disease. Usually this disease develops within the wall or epithelium of the bronchial. But it can start anywhere in the lungs and affect any part of the respiratory system.
 

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