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First timer-Mother has lung cancer

I am a part-time care-giver at the present, but has my Moma has small cell lung cancer (extensive-both lungs, area between lungs, liver, bones) it won't be long before I'm over there all the time, I want to be there now. I've already received help from this site after I read the post from the lady with Mom & Dad sick and a young family to care for. Also the lady whose Mother has demetia. My three children are grown I currently babysit my grandson, but he will be starting a pre-school program on June 5th which will enable me to be with her all the time if she wants/needs me there. Lord, I couldn't imagine having children at home and a job to deal with right now. The oncologist told my Moma without treatment she would live 6 mos. to 12 months. With treatment 12 months, 18 months, to 24 months. Everything I have read says she will be lucky to live 6 months and in fact with liver involvement the numbers were 6 weeks to 14 weeks. She got the diagnosis March 20th but had been in severe pain for two weeks, and moderate pain for I don't know how long(she has a very high tolerance to pain). She has had one session (three days in a row) of chemotherapy and will have a chemotherapy session every four weeks. They did an MRI to pinpoint the places on her spine so that she could get radiation to try and relieve her back pain-this has helped her back pain but she is still on strong pain killers around the clock. Her latest problem is leg weakness which has made her have to use a walker as she feels any weight on that leg will throw her down. We have gone from me helping her shower by washing her legs & back and drying her legs and back (that was a week ago)to me washing and drying mostly everything. That is why I believe her prognosis is in fact "POOR" as the National Cancer Institute facts state. I'm not morbid, I'm just trying to be prepared for what follows. My Dad is a bad diabetic with Addison's disease. He isn't aware when his sugar is low and Mom has always taken care of him. My Daddy wants me to call Hospice tomorrow to find out what help they can give. I read on one of the Hospice sites that if you use a "medicare certified" hospice medicare will pay for pain medicine and other related needs. Her prescription for 60 tables of oxycontin 80 mgs cost $475.00. Dad has some money put back, but he won't have it for long at that rate. I don't want her to worry about the cost of things and we have assured her that between Dad, my brother and sister and myself she WILL have what she needs and be as pain-free as possible. This is SO long, I just wanted to give as much information about my situation as possible so that maybe someone can point me in all the right directions. THANK YOU LORD FOR HELPING ME FIND THIS WEBSITE.
Dee
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