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Dennis and Gail Sinclair
Feb 6, 2018 Latest post:
11 hours ago
Welcome to our CaringBridge website.
As you know Dennis was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in December 2017. At the time of his diagnosis, his cancer had already metastasized to his right lung and liver. Gail had a stroke ( actually several) near the end of June of 2017. She was in the hospital and rehab from June to November 24th. She has only minimal ability to communicate since the stroke, but we believe she understands the majority of what we say to her. She had been doing well in rehab but once she returned home and Dennis was diagnosed with cancer, her abilities have relapsed (we are not sure if she had another stroke ).
Denny and Gracie helped as much as they could but once Dennis' cancer was diagnosed it became hard to balance both of their careers with the care that would be needed for both Dennis and Gail. Carie and Taylor felt Carie had the time to care for Gail and Dennis since she was not balancing a full time career. So Carie and Taylor rented a motor home, moved some of their things and brought Dennis, Gail. and Virgil ( their dog) live with Carie and Taylor in La Center, WA.
Once they arrived at Caries house, Dennis was seen by the oncologist and he was given 2-4 months to live if he did not elect to try chemotherapy and up to 2 years if he did. He had a "port" put in his chest for access for the chemotherapy to be given through. They started him on 2 different chemo therapies on Friday. January 19th and again on January 26th. The side effects were too great so they used only one chemo therapy on Friday February 2nd. The side effects from the chemotherapy have a much stronger impact on Dennis health than he anticipated.
Dennis has become weak and struggling with normal day to day activities. ( Gail is very aware when Dennis is not doing well). Today, Dennis decided to stop his chemo therapy and enroll in hospice.
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