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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone,

I have a prayer request.

Last June, my Grandma was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. She had surgery early July 06 and she survived, but they didn't get rid of all the cancer. She had chemo therapy for a year and was making progress until she got a horrible infection and they had to take her off the chemo. They did another scan and it showed the cancer had spread badly. It's now all over her colon, liver and lungs. She is having trouble breathing and eating. She's refusing to do anymore treatment. Her 60th Wedding Anniversary is in January. She really wants to live to that.

Please pray she can make it to her Anniversary and that she has no more pain. She's only 76. I personally think that's to young.
post #2 of 23
You're right -- it's too young! Sending lots of prayers and that she can make it to that special anniversary as comfortably as possible. Your family is in my thoughts.
post #3 of 23
That is indeed too young! Major vibes for your grandmother.

And some for you too.
post #4 of 23
You have my prayers and myself and Nacho hope that she will be there for you for many years.
post #5 of 23
Your Grandma is deffinately in my prayers! That would be wonderful for her to celebrate 60 years of marriage!
post #6 of 23
Oh, bless her heart... I understand her not wanting to go through any more treatment, but -- do her doctors agree with that decision? Do they feel it's just spread too much?

I guess the chemo makes her feel awful, and that's why she doesn't want to do it anymore, right? If that's correct... I wonder if the kind of chemo my father had might help her. The doctor described it as "chemo lite," a chemical concoction that is not so strong as to cause nausea and hair loss, but can still do some good for the patient. Maybe that would be a good compromise for her... to help her live at least until her anniversary.

Let me suggest this, as I always do: 1-800-ACS-2345, the national hotline for the American Cancer Society, where my best friend is a supervisor. You'll be astounded at all the information and help they can provide! If the first counselor you talk to doesn't jump in with both feet and really work at finding out how to help make your grandmother's life as long and comfortable as possible, keep calling back until you get someone who does.

Sending all kinds of love and light to your grandma... may she live not just to see, but to truly enjoy her 60th anniversary!
post #7 of 23
I am so sorry for you. My grandmother went through the same thing and it was awful. Please know I can be an ear for you if you need one--although you don't know me, I'll be glad to support you in any way I can.
post #8 of 23
Awww, I'm sorry...I am sending many vibes and prayers for her
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

My Grandma was doing great with the Chemo. She's such a strong and determined woman. Then she got an infection, and they had to stop the chemo. Now the doctors are saying the only chemo that could work for her is this one kind that is extremely deadly. She has less then a 20% chance of making it it's so bad. She doesn't want to die that way. The only treatment they are offering to her is stuff to make it less painful.

Thanks for your prayers everyone. Her and my Grandpa have been in love since they were 17. My Grandpa was going to go to college to be a pro football player, which was always his dream. But he dropped out of it so he could marry my Grandma. I can't imagine a more perfect couple. They're just so in love.
post #10 of 23
Oh hon, my prayers and thought and vibes are going out to all of you, but especially your grandma. They sound like my grandparents...Grandma fell in love with Grandpapa when he suddenly showed up at her 16th birthday party (well, actually when he walked her home from school a few days before..the first time they met), and she says obviously he was in love with her since he showed up...he just didn't know it yet! I LOVE all those old stories.

Infections really can screw up chemo treatments, and if she doesn't want to go through more, I don't blame her. If she is only going to have a 20% chance, why go through all that again. I am praying she will make it to her anniversery, and even if it is in the hospital, have a party for them. Dress her up, do her make up and her hair. And take lots of pictures.

How is your granddad doing? I must be so hard on him.

My heart goes out to your entire family.
post #11 of 23

Many prayers and vibes for your grandma.

post #12 of 23
How are you doing, hon? I tried to send you a PM but it said you weren't accepting PM's. Maybe your box if full? If you need to talk, we're here.
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much everyone.

I used to be able to send PMs but the feature just disappeared one day.

Nothings new except my Grandma had a bad night.

Thanks so much for your concern everyone. And the rose, Calico.
post #14 of 23
Oh Sweetie how are you and your family doing I know how hard this can be for you,Grandma and all the love ones. Chemo effects each person differently so if she doesn't want to do chemo anymore the best gift you can give her is to support her wishes . I will be praying for your Grandparents to celebrate there 60th Anniversary. Your right she is still young....DAM THAT CANCER.

Sending a to watch over you all
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you. I really want to celebrate her anniversary with her!

Right now she and my Grandad are living in a motor home. They will be moving into my Aunt's house in about 2 weeks. The doctor said she will be bed ridden in less then a month probably. Then it's just a matter of which organ fails first.
post #16 of 23
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I´m so sorry about that...... my prayers to her my friend!
post #17 of 23
I'm so sorry you are going through this difficult time, I am more sorry for your grandma too. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
I hope she can make it to see her 60th anniversay, its not too far away.
post #18 of 23
I am so sorry to hear about your grandma! I am sending be strong and pain free vibes her way . And many prayers for her and your family.
post #19 of 23
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!! Hope everything works out so your grandma can have that 60th anniversary celebration!! Sending many prayers and wishes your way!!
post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys!!

To those of you who asked for more reasons why she's off the chemo, my grandma has diabetes real bad. The chemo plus the diabetes meds was making her go blind. She didn't want to be blind for her last months.
post #21 of 23
Sending your way lots of my prayers, and lots of good vibes
post #22 of 23
I'm sorry about your grandmother. My grandmother also had colon cancer. I know how difficult it can be to watch them be sick. Consider your grandmother, your family and yourself in my prayers.
post #23 of 23
Moonlights mom, I will be saying extra prayers that your grandma is able to celebrate such a momentus occasion with friends and family close around her. My mother passed away in June 2005, at age 57, from colon cancer. The progression of her disease is eerily similar to what your grandma is going thru, minus the diabetes. Her husband passed away suddenly in Aug 04, and I firmly believe that she gave up the fight thereafter.

She did, however, stay around long enough to do three or four things she wanted to do: she held on until I was able to move home & be with her, she waited until my aunt, her sister, came across the US for a visit, and she made it to her dear co-worker's baby shower after the baby came. Once she had accomplished these things on her "to-do list", she passed peacefully a few days later. If your grandma is half as stubborn as my mother was, she WILL celebrate her anniversary with the love of her life.

I pray for comfort for your family too, as this is a very difficult time for you all.
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