Friday, August 5, 2011

Aug 5, 2011 PA

I received a phone call on Wed morning from Dad, asking me to come home.  He said he was in severe pain and he wouldn't go to ER until I got there - needless to say, I hit the road and drove like a maniac, arriving in Berlin at 2:30pm.  I had Dad at Somerset hospital by 3:15 pm. 

He has been having stomach pain off and on for many years, so for the first time they did a contrast cat scan of his stomach.  Doc came in right away and said that he has a softball sized tumor above his pancreas.  They transferred him to Good Samaritan Hospital in Johnstown, where we continue to go through tests, pokes and prods.

Dad has a living will, DNR and I am his POA - he refuses to let them do surgery, so our options are limited, and I don't know yet what they will be.  The oncologist has said that if we do pallative measures only, he will have months, but not a year.  And with Dad's mindset, I expect it will be very few months.

I may not post to this blog very often while this is going on - I don't know how much time/energy I will have as I travel through this journey called cancer.

If you are the praying type, please pray that God takes Dad quickly so that he doesn't suffer.  Thank you.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. I went through something very similar with mine.

    My thoughts are with you and your Dad during these difficult times. It sounds like he has come to terms with the end and is ready to make the journey so he won't fight what's ahead. I wish for peace to come swiftly, comfortably, and quietly, and that as you see him through, the memories you share sustain you and give you strength.

  2. We will be praying that God's will be done for your Dad. Also prayers of strength for you and David at this difficult time. Thanks for letting us know what you and David have been going through. Hugs!!

  3. Dear Peggy, my heart goes out to you and your family today. Bless you for the care you have given your parents. Stay strong, my friend.

  4. I am so sorry for the difficult time you are all going through. You don't know me but I read your blog often. You and your dad will be in my thoughts and prayers.