6.28.14

The Big “C”

Chemotherapy

So my dad was recently diagnosed with cancer.  Don’t get me wrong, cancer is a total nightmare, but balancing all of his other medical conditions and medications has presented quite the challenge for my mother and his team of doctors.  He is a Type 2 diabetic, has high blood pressure, heart problems…and the list goes on and on.  After a solid month of dentists and small surgeries, he was cleared to begin a radiation – chemo combo.

Why am I writing about this you ask????  I can’t help but think about what I would have to go through in order to get treatment.  They inserted a port and a peg line (feeding tube) because they are 99.987% sure he won’t be able to swallow during treatment.  I immediately think of a liquid diet and would l have to count carbs and shoot up before inserting my dinner into the tube?  Does it process much faster since it is immediately inserted into my stomach?  What if I refuse to eat or become too dehydrated?
I know that there are probably a number of type 1s out there that have battled and survived the “Big C” and would love to hear how you coped with diabetic challenges.
I truly hope I never have to really consider any of these “what would I do?” scenarios.

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