Dad was diagnosed with aggressive, late-stage lung cancer in early January. Treatment would not cure it, only extend it a little, and drain his strength. He has decided to forgo treatment and proceed with palliative care. The doctor estimated 3 to 6 months, but it might be less. He is calm and content for the most part, but doesn't have an appetite. He sleeps most of the day, but is open to visiting and is still alert and himself.
He is living with me and my husband, with help from St. Croix hospice. Visitors are more than welcome, just give me a heads up so I know to expect you. Helpers are also more than welcome. I am staying home with him full time, but it can be overwhelming at times and help is so appreciated. Even little things like keeping me company while I do dishes can make the difference. Sometimes all you need is that moral support.
I started this Caring Bridge knowing so many people love and care about Dad, and that I wouldn't be able to keep everyone updated as they should be while also helping Dad. I'll probably write most of the posts, but I will read Dad all the guestbook entries, and Julia might be on sometimes too.