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Hey All.

I've not been around much but have been dipping in to the boards to stay in touch.
I've struggled a bit lately with the horrible flu that's been around followed by a chest infection:worried:.

Just before christmas my dad was diagnosed with cancer and I've been accompanying him to appointments and stuff. Bit of a shock to us all. He's 76 but never been old to us.
We are a large and close family though and will rally round to take good care of him.
My hubby's poor old aunt (whom we seem to have become carers for) is deteriorating fast mentally.
She's 93 and has vascular dementia and as she says, is ready for the lord to take her. Bless her.
All this plus the usual stuff from lupus:(
I'm sure the stress increases my foggy head, so I'm trying to deal with each thing as the problems arrive and not anticipate too much.

May I say hello to all the newbies I haven't greeted.
Happy birthday to those I've missed and wish you all a good new year.

Ps If anyone has any experience of radiotherapy I'd be glad of some advice in helping my Dad.
 

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Thanks Katharine,

My dad is also someone unused to illness and doctors. Cancer care is well funded locally with good facilities and support groups and specialist nurses all over the place making themselves available to the family. Not like rheumatology ;)
I confess I do find it difficult take time out for me, and also have trouble with switching off my brain from worrying.
My painting group recommences tomorrow which is good.

Take care

BTW love the updated picture of your beautiful collie.
 

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Hi Joan,
He has a tumour in the lung but not a common type apparantly. Not a smokers cancer.
They have sent bits of it various places because it is a rare type. It is inoperable, but Oncologist hopes for improvement in his symptoms with the radiotherapy.

As for expecting a difficult year......my hubbies brother is not too good either following years of severe alcohol problems.
I think the old adage of seven good years followed by seven lean may apply.

Thanks all...........no doubt I shall be needing a listening ear quite frequently.
 
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