Chemotherapy Side Effects
The final progress of the disease varies for many women. Usually there are respiratory problems, and her kidneys may fail. She will get progressively weaker, and it’s not unusual for them to stop eating, or not eat much at all beyond a few bites. She will tend to sleep more and more, and of course pain medications will tend to make her sleep more as well. She will likely reach an accommodation with her end before the rest of you are able, and I would not be surprised if she tries to help you all reach acceptance before the end comes. The patients usually do try to say their goodbyes and reassure those who will go on living.
I’m sorry this is what you must face in the near future. The dying itself is usually the easy part, it’s the surviving that proves the challenge. If you and your family, and your mother are religious people, it does help a great deal to have your spiritual ad-visor for support and assistance. If hospice care is not available, then the people at the hospital should have resources available to help you when the time comes. You can also look for grief counselors, for the family at least. Cancer treatment centers also are good sources for aid and assistance, and have support groups and people that can answer many of your questions. I hope for you all, your mother and your family, that you find a sense of peace and help to cope with what is to come.
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