Hello Fighters, This is my first post and I would like to send out my love and admiration for all you fighting women. What you are going through - your struggles and pain, I can only imagine, and I wish you nothing but strength and positive energy.
I am a male - 30 years old, but maybe 16 at heart. My mother was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian exactly 3 years ago, on mothers day. How Ironic. She was given toxil and carbo,and was in remission for a bit over a year and a half. late last year, she had a recurrence, which was treated with taxotere and carbo, to which she had a great response as well, but only a few short months passed until another recurrence. She started on Doxil a few weeks ago, and a day after her first dose, she was hospitalized. Her symptoms included vomiting, bloating, and abdominal pain. She has been in the hospital for a bit over 2 weeks, and is on a PIC line because she cannot eat. There is no bowel obstruction, but as the doctors explained to me, the cancerous fluids/tissue is pressing against her intestine/stomach area making it impossible for food to go through. The doctors say there is nothing they can do, except for letting the chemo take its course. The problem now is that in her current state, chemo cannot really be administered. Today the hospital is planning to move her into a hospice, that is connected to a hospital.
Ladies, please tell me - what do I have to prepare for? Is this the begining of the end? I try to be a very positive person when I can, and be hopeful, But I am also a realist and need to be prepared for any situation. My mother is single, so her situation and care is in my supervision, and my grandmother has Alzheimers and her care and well being is now under my care as well.
I am just so in awe, that just 3 weeks ago, my mother was around and about, feeling well. and now, she is in pain and bloated. Some guidance, or at least maybe a suggestion of a professional to speak to would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, and always keep fighting.