Laurie, I'm so sorry your family is fighting that battle. It sounds like your mom is very fortunate to have a family willing and able to support her through this journey. Prayers of strength for you all.
((((((HUGS)))))) Laurie -- I am so incredibly sorry that your mom (and all of you!) are going through this battle. Cancer sucks.
You all will remain in my thoughts and prayers. If there is any other way that we can offer you support now or in the future, please let me (or someone here) know.
Bonita, your friend is fortunate to have your support. As others suggested, I would encourage her to talk with a grief counselor or someone that helps families through coming to terms with a terminal illness. The hospital may be able to offer some suggestions and local resources. If you believe that she would open up to some online I can send you some links to share.
Your family will be in my thoughts. I'm so sorry that your mom and all of you are going through this.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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It's the person's choice.
If they know they aren't going to have that great of quality of life, the family needs to consider that.
My dad has had inoperable prostrate cancer now for 13 yrs. He never wanted to do chemo or radiation just for that fear that his quality of life would decrease, he's always been a very active man. Now, he went for a scan the other day and he has masses everywhere and not doing chemo is no longer a choice. Trust me, I've wanted him to do chemo from the beginning but i completely understand his reasoning for not doing it sooner.....it just means his time here is going to be shorter then we want it to be. Parents are supposed to pass before there children anyways, not the other way around.
Hey guys...didn't mean to derail the debate at all, and I just want to thank you for the support and the virtual hugs. It's a very hard road, as you can imagine. Every bit of compassion and support helps. Thank you.
I think that the individual whose life is ending should be the decision maker. To want someone to stay in this world in miserable pain, when they want to go is selfish. I would be selfish too with my mom i think...lol but it should be up to her. And it should be totally legal to choose your own way to go. Even to euthanize yourself.