This is mainly a personal venting session, but it sort of left an uneasy feeling for me. Usually I can overlook negativity, or at least try to be cognizant that every situation, experience, and diagnoses is different. However, I had been chatting on and off recently with a pretty optimistic woman who overcame small cell lung cancer and is currently living disease free. I think that is amazing and so inspirational! If you follow my posts, you would know that my Dad has had some rough couple of weeks and most recently has had a little of a downhill spell as he's dealing with the side effects of radiation, and also his small cell lung cancer. I had messaged this woman to ask her if she had brain radiation, and if she had also experienced any of these similar side effects. I was a bit taken back by her response.
This was her response i copied and pasted "brace yourself, huney.. just brace.. that is all I can say...not to be too blunt.. but the amount of reading I have done it.. well... not good.
I don't think I would fight if it came back in my brain. I do not think I would do the mask thingy with the radiation such with my brain... just as soon get a ton of morphine and go to sleep. I am so sorry.. you can unfriend me if you want... just being honest."
This has left me feeling a bit down and I watch my dad trying to fight this cancer everyday. My dad wouldn't ever take morphine and just go to sleep- and to put him in that sort of category really upset me. Of course we know the odds aren't stacked in his favor. Of course we know that since it's in his brain it's not a good scenario. Of course we know that small cell lung cancer is a horrible, devastating diagnoses. But- we still have to try and remain strong as a family. I guess it just annoyed me to suggest my Dad is already in unfortunate statistics and not a survivor is hurtful.
I hope I can try and stay strong for my Dad and have faith that God and our guardian angels will prevail. Thanks for reading.