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Hospice for Cancer Warrior

Our Mom, Jackie, the Cancer Warrior at a recent Chemotherapy doctor’s checkup was told that the doctor will not give her any more chemotherapy.  This is after the last checkup about six months ago where he told her that since she was feeling fine that no chemotherapy was needed, he wanted her to wait until the stage four cancer tumors grew and were causing problems.  So now that the tumors are growing and are causing problems the doctor says it’s too risky to give her chemotherapy so he won’t.  What gives?!

She was a bit shocked then mad at this turn of events.  I, on the other hand, was okay with that since I wanted her to focus on the alternative options and the chemotherapy would make her sicker during the course of the treatment.  So now that option is off the table, easier decision…

So the chemotherapy doctor set up an in-home Hospice doctor visit and we learned that there are some good things about going on Hospice and some not so good.
The good:
Hospice will pay for pain medicines.
Hospice will bring in home aids to help with personal care like bathing and eating.

The not so good:
You can’t get a blood transfusion while on Hospice.
You can’t do any sort of “aggressive” treatments like any surgeries.

Then after a visit with her FABULOUS primary care physician we talked over Hospice and all it’s ramifications.  She decided again not to go on Hospice yet.  Her previous doctors have been wanting her to go on Hospice for the last two years.  So she decided to wait until she can no longer care for herself in the bathroom.  Her breathing is still good, her kidneys are fine, her blood counts are fine, her pain controlled and her energy is great.  We credit her liquid nutrition program that she is on for the energy and blood work.  We are so happy that we found the program, it is so quick and easy to keep her nutrition intake high.

Death by Eating


Natalie, who is a dietician student talks about working in a hospital and seeing so many people who by the choices that they have made with regard to eating, are very sick.  Bottom line:  don’t wait until tragedy strikes to make positive changes.

During these past few years since the Cancer Warrior Mom has started her battle against cancer, we (the entire family) have been researching, reading, asking, learning, searching for everything pertaining to fighting cancer at it’s source.  We have made many changes and have learned some incredible facts.

On thing that hits me so often is that oftentimes most of the folks that have changed their diets for the good only do it after something bad happens.  The ones that don’t yet have any bad conditions seem to be too busy to make any changes or they think that what they are doing is good enough, they can always change later on if they need to.  But this is not the case!  Later on can be too little, too late!  People really do have to start making changes now, slowly if they need to, but they need to start immediately.  There is a saying

“Most people overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in a decade.” 

Well this is so true.  If you listen or read or keep up on the latest health discoveries (or re-discoveries.. but that is for another post) then look for ways to implement positive changes into your diet, you will, over time, be massively different than if you made no changes.  And if you keep getting the message that something that you do or eat is a definite bad one, then really think how and when you can make the BIG change and get that bad habit out of your life.  Look for other like-minded people to help and support you.

To your health,
The Cancer Warrior Mom and her daughters