Angela Sharkey | CaringBridge

Angela Sharkey Angela Freehill Sharkey

First post: Dec 24, 2017 Latest post: Oct 16, 2018
Angela was admitted December 8, 2017 to the hospital with severe pain on her side and difficulty in breathing. The only symptom prior to this was a nagging cough that would not go away.  Many of you saw her at the Freehill reunion in August and even as recently as Jack Freehill’s memorial. 

A serious of diagnostic tests revealed a number of surprising and devastating problems. Clot in lung, pneumonia  and worst of all stage 4 lung cancer. Adenocarcinoma  is the type of lung cancer. There is a tumor in the right lung and confirmed with 2 lesions in the brain and one in the pelvic area. 

Her condition in the hospital initially deteriorated with lightning speed and required heavy duty pain killers, chemo and radiation. She rebounded well enough to be discharged on December 20, 2017.  

A good nights rest in her own home plus the chance to linger in her own bath tub has really improved her energy. 

But there are no illusions about the tough road ahead. The cancer itself is not curable but treatable. The current plan for weekly chemo to boost the efficacy of the radiation and 25 radiation treatments to reduce the tumor inside the lung. The focus of the treatment is reduce the size of the tumors to allow easier breathing and 
to maintain quality of life for as long as she has. The length of illness is unknown. 

The path ahead is optimistic albeit difficult. 

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