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I really feel like I am the only one going through this right now, but I know I'm not.
I'm 24, and 6 years ago my dad(who is in his early 50's) was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma is his leg (near his knee) He had the surgery to remove it along with having the lymphnodes near by removed. He then did the interferon treatment. The dr. only gave him 3-5 years with the stage of cancer he had.
He was cancer free up until now. Today we got the results from him yearly CAT scan. It's back in his leg, but it didn't seem to spread to any lymphnodes or organs or anything like that which is good. He will be having surgery to get it removed and quite possibly have radiation treatment.
Obviously my dad is having a hard time going through this but he is just thinking of the absolute worst which isn't making it easier on us. He says he's only going to live 6 months, and the dr. didn't say anything like that. That's just what he feels. My mom was with him while they saw the dr. today. She is also a nurse and she doesn't think it's as bad as my dad is saying it is right now. My mom said not to listen to what my dad says (about all the negative stuff he is saying/thinking right now) but she said just to let him say what he wants to say; I guess just to get it out of his system.
I just wish I knew someone who understands...someone who is going through something similar.
We also just found out that my uncle has tongue(I think) cancer.
I'm really just waiting for it to come to me now.
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Hey, I'm not sure if I'm even allowed to be in this group, I just want to be here for support for everyone else. I grew up with a sick parent, my mother was sick my whole life, all 18 years of it. Just 11 months ago she passed away. I know what it's like to live with a sick parent and I feel like I can help some of those people suffering with it now go through the hard things I went through my whole life, I just want to help people so they don't have to live life the way I did. I hope it's okay that I joined the community.


L is for Lupus, an online directory of reviews and recommendations for patients by patients, has officially gone online today.

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Undergraduate Thesis help.

Hey everybody, I recently found this community and thought I'd ask for some help. If this kind of post isn't allowed, please tell me and I'll delete it.

My mother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease known as Sarcoidosis in her lungs about 19 years ago, when I was 3. Over the years she has gotten progressively worse and the Sarcoids are obviously affecting more than simply her lungs. Throughout my life she has gone in and out of "remission." Remission meaning not that the disease went away, but that it was, for lack of a better word, dormant. Her sister also has it, but in her central nervous system, leaving her pretty much bound to a wheelchair by age 46. Obviously, growing up with a chronically ill parent, I feel, has impacted my life greatly. Not necessarily for the worse, but I feel that it has definitely impacted my relationship with my mother and the rest of my family. It has also greatly affected the way in which I relate to the world at large. My experience growing up with a chronically ill parent has inspired my current undergraduate research project. I'm currently examining how growing up with an ill parent affects family relationships and broader social relationships. I'm having trouble finding people to interview who have had this experience so I thought I would see if there was anyone on here who would be willing to help me out and be a participant in my research. It's all confidential and can be done online. I would send you the interview questions and you could just type out responses. I only need about five more people to participate. Please, any help would be greatly appreciated! If you're interested or have any questions, please message me or comment. Thanks again, and hang in there.

New to Sick Parent Community

Hello Everyone, 
I'm also unfortunate enough to be a member of this community, my father has late stage Alzheimer's. I've been caring for him for several years, but now I've decided to place him in a SNF. If anyone else is going through the same issues and would like talk about it feel free to send me a message.
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I am in a HIV Outreach class and right now we're working on a project. I'd like to interview someone who has or has lost a family member to HIV or AIDS.

If you're willing to participate in this short interview, please email me at or you can IM me on christinewuvsyou (If I'm not on, PLEASE email me)
Thanks! :)