Nov 13, 2017 03:03PM
Mar 16, 2018 08:39AM
Dearest Community Members,
We know that thinking about the possibility of end of life can be very hard and very emotional.
"It is a hard topic, and yet it's a topic that most of my patients who have metastatic disease have certainly thought about at some point. And actually, not talking about it is harder than talking about it," says Kelly Grosklags, social worker and grief counselor.
With this in mind, we're creating an expert Q&A blog series to answer your questions about managing end-of-life practical and emotional issues.
We invite you to share any questions with us here, PM'ing the moderators.
Here are some sample questions:
What can I say to my kids to help them?
I don't get along with my sister, and I haven't talked to her since the cancer has progressed. I feel really conflicted. What should I do?
What do I need to know about putting together a will?
With many 's to you All.
Nov 22, 2017 08:01AM
How do I talk to my husband about whether he'd be more comfortable with me dying at home or in the hospital, if we have a choice? I think I'd prefer dying at home if I had a choice, but I want to take his feelings into consideration. All of our family is on the other side of the country, it would be a very tough thing for him to come home to if I died while he was at work. I don't even know how to bring up the topic, looking at his face while we discussed the Advanced Directive, DNR and POLST papers was hard enough. I know that he'll tell me that he wants me to do whatever makes me most comfortable.
IBC Stage IV de novo - presented in right breast, within days spread into left breast, skin, chest wall, metastasized into brachial plexus (lost complete use of right arm for several months), liver and throughout skeleton.
9/8/2017, IBC, Both breasts, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+
9/25/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel)
2/5/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
2/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
Dec 21, 2017 08:01AM
We wanted to let you know your question has been answered in our new End-of-Life Q&A Blog Series post.
We hope this helps, and THANK YOU for participating!