This blog is an attempt to memorialize our parents and right the wrongs done to them, and hopefully, by making readers aware of what can happen, we can protect other elderly parents who could fall victim to their own family members.
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5.29.03 Barbara email to son
From: barbara lochner To: Sent: Thu, May 29, 2003 5:38:24 PM Subject: Popa I need to tell you that my dad has (probably) all the symptoms of colorectal cancer. I found out that the Dr ordered a colonoscopy a long time ago..maybe a year. Daddy decided his symptoms were caused by Metamusel so he canceled his test. In the meantime, his bowel problem has become quite severe. I am gathering it's now a daily problem & embarrassment. He now has a new appointment for a colonoscopy. It's scheduled for sometime after the hay gets baled..late June. His weight loss, extreme fatigue, etc. are other symptoms. He has no pain, which is also common with colorectal cancer. No pain. C-r cancer is the #2 cancer killer in people over 55. I have had two friends die of c-r cancer in the past two years. (Ages 54 & 76.) Neither one had any idea there was anything wrong until the last three months of their lives. Then, of course, there is nothing to be done. It's possible there is some other cause...irritable bowel syndrome, etc., but from what I can gather, these other things strike much earlier in life. One doesn't suddenly at the age of 83 get IBS. At any rate, it is a huge worry. I am glad you have planned the July 4 trip. Do everything you can to follow thru. Love, mom