"Make the most of your time with your loved one."
My 41 year old daughter, Danielle, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer de novo early January, 2019. She had mets to the liver and left iliac crest. She was treated with Doxorubicin and at the end of treatment on May 16 a CT scan showed significant improvement.
She was started on weekly Taxol infusions and after the 4th treatment began to experience abdominal and back pain followed by nausea and vomiting leading to severe dehydration. She also started developing ascites. On July 2 she was admitted to the hospital for symptom management and a CT scan showed that her mets had doubled in size in the liver, and spread to her lungs and back.
On July 3, her nausea and vomiting were under control, she was no longer dehydrated, her pain was managed, and she went home on hospice. She felt well enough July 4 to eat a small meal. On July 5 her condition began to deteriorate with some confusion and worsened on Saturday. She passed early Sunday morning. Her pain was well controlled throughout her illness. And she was able to work part time until the last two weeks.
In the beginning we hoped for years, then months, and then weeks. It was a very aggressive cancer. Make the most of your time with your loved one. We did what she wanted to make things as normal as was possible. We went out to eat, went shopping, went for coffee, and gathered at each others house for meals. We loved her dearly and miss her terribly. Not enough awareness or research is available for this disease. It needs its own month.
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