Oks, well, I've had some bad news and thought I would post on here for advice on alternative therapies.
I've had a look through the existing threads (nice search system Malcolm!!) but didn't find what I was looking for, so I hope this is ok.
Just over a month ago my mother turned yellow. It was two days before my parents were due to go on holiday, and instead she ended up in hospital.
They discovered it was a blockage near her bile duct, and after sticking a camera down her throat, found out she had a tumour on her pancreas.
She was eventually sent home for a few weeks to recuperate, then brought back in for an operation last Friday.
We discovered then that the tumour on her pancreas is too big - 6 cms - to operate on, and parts of it have spread to nearby glands.
The prognosis isn't good. They've told her between 6 months and a year, but any reseach I've done shows people with pancreatic cancer lasting between 4 - 6 months.
Our family is coping well, considering, so far.
(Personally, I feel like I'm constantly going to cry. I try not to think about her leaving us as much as possible. My mother is the strongest person in the world... She is kind and lovely and despite having pissed me off often, has done a splendid job and has had a splendid life (she's travelled all over the place - took a boat to Australia from Ireland 40 years ago to work as a nanny on a cattle ranch!! She came home, by boat, via NZ, Fiji and the Panama Canal - in a time when tourism wasn't Lonely Planet travel-by-numbers).
At the minute, I'm coping. I'm finding myself running about my parent's house 'doing stuff' for them while also trying to keep a performance business afloat. That's been a barrel of laughs in itself... anyone setting up a business in the arts - prepare yourself now for the bitchiness, competition, jealousy and lack of support.
My deepest apologies to m'lovely friends on here if I haven't responded to your PMs or calls recently - thanks BamBam and Fluff x).
Jesus... that was a bitter and twisted rant... humblest apologies for that...
Anyways... I have posted this for a reason
The doctors are still deciding whether mum should have chemo. None of us are very happy with that idea... don't want her last few months to be spent throwing up.
She's got a very strong Christian faith, which keeps her bouncing through each day (lol, and she keeps emotionally blackmailing me to convert!!! Lol... I've told her it won't happen, but thanks anyway )
But I want info on alternative therapies... things that might reduce it, or just prolong her life for a bit. Does anyone here have any advice on where I could look?
I know not to accept intershnet advice as gospel, but it's good to get a guideline - or a point in the right direction.
Electro-magnetic therapy? Acupuncture? Organic foods and no tap water?!!
Does anyone here have any helpful hints?
Thanks so much for your time... and go home tonight and give your parents a hug... they could be gone much sooner than you think.