Hey everyone, I am so excited that i figured out the new site. I have to admit, it shocked me at first. :)
I'm happy to hear that so many of you are doing good with your treatments, and sad to hear that since my last visit 5 months ago, that we lost some Grace friends.
My question has to do with Chemo, and if it actually can kill you before the cancer. My MIL's bone metas. has been controlled, and she is no longer in pain. Her brain radiation also worked, and that test also came back clear. All of this good news, but her quality of life and her appearance is showing something totally different, and its very confusing. Her weight is down to 94 pounds, she is in bed all day, and can barely sit up and eat. When she attempts to walk, she is very unsteady and walks on a slant. Its seems like she is at the end, but when we speak to the Doctor, she expresses how well the chemo is working.
I don't understand how its not obvious to the doctor, but we expressed how it was more then depression and feeling sorry for herself, and finally got the doctor to give her a daily steroid. The steroid has been helping her get out of bed, and her appetite improved. Im wondering if this could be a sign to still do the chemo with the steroid, or stop the chemo for now, and help her try to gain weight and strength. The doctor said a break would be fine, but she wants to see what her new scans will show. She will get the scans at the end of the week.
Wow, sorry for babbling, I hope I explained our situation well enough for someone to give us an explanation or some insight on our situation. Grace doctors seem to have a certain compassion and way with words.
Thanks so much,