Dad: 3/15/54 – 3/17/2009

A message from at 3:04pm about Dad, Life Events, Lung Cancer. 1 response.

Dad passed away shortly after 12 o’clock noon today.

He left very peacefully with the whole family gathered around.  A service will be held on Saturday, March 21st at Zwaska Funeral Home on Bradley Rd in Milwaukee.

Thank you to everyone for your continued love and support.  Dad was loved by many and will be greatly missed.


An Update from Milwaukee

A message from at 10:37am about Dad, Lung Cancer. 4 responses.

Hi all,

I was hoping my dad would give you an update himself, but that looks unlikely at this point. I know some of you rely mainly on this page for updates.

My parents left Atlanta four days after my dad’s last post, arriving home late on February 26. The following Monday they visited their local oncologist who said that my dad’s liver function was insufficient to sustain any more treatment and suggested hospice. My dad was enrolled in hospice the following day.

Since then, dad has declined steadily. Hospice has been wonderful, helping to keep his pain well managed and preparing us for what lies ahead. Our nurse gave us a copy of Final Gifts, which we have all been reading.

Dad celebrated his 55th birthday yesterday. We had cake and balloons.

Based on my dad’s physical and mental condition, our nurse estimated that we have maybe a week left.


Life at Atlanta – Part VI

A message from at 12:19pm about Dad, Lung Cancer. 3 responses.

Owing to the fast growing of tumors, my doctor suggested another chemo treatment with Alimta.  The drug, according to the studies, appeared to be a correct choice and was tolerable by most people.  Considering for temporary damage control while I was doing other adjustments, we rolled the dice and accepted the doctor’s suggestion.  The first shot was on 12/16/08.  Within 3 days, I started to have skin reactions, lower chest pain and suspecious low grade temperature.  Thinking of possible side effects, I ignored the symptoms and continued my practice of Zijiu, hoping to get used to within couple weeks.  In the mean time, my skin was getting so itchy that started to affect my concentration and practice time.

Three weeks later, just when I was about to get used to these effects, the scheduled second shot came on 1/6/09.  On 1/10/09, I ended up in an ER because of severe chest pain.  They took X-ray, ultrasound and CT, and found the tumors were even bigger than before, suggesting Alimta was doing nothing but destroying my body.  They gave me pain killer, prescribed me Hydromorphon and sent me home.  Before I went home, however, there was a low grade fever developing.  I continued to practice Zijiu with pain, but I could feel that my strength was no longer the same.  For about a week, the pain reached to a level that made my body shake during Zijiu practice.  So I decided to take Hydromorphon for relief.  Within minutes I felt warm and here came the low grade fever again.  I finally understood where the temperature came from when I left the ER on 1/10/09.  They did give me Hydromorphon through IV before sending me home.

The low grade fever was lingering around for about three weeks.  In mid-February, the left-over side effects of Alimta and Hydromorphon were finally disappearing but they already put me in a deeper hole with less body energy and strength.  A reasonable decision turned out to be a big mistake and I paid big price for a very tough lesson.  Now I have to face a bigger slope with less energy and strength.

P.S. We have decided to go back home.  That puts an end to this post.