Happy to hear from you and that your husband is responding well to chemo. Something positive to focus on.
Europe is totally not prepared for this or have the capacity to manage to situation. The Dutch government pretty much implied that the only way forward is to slow down the spread but ultimately the human race would need to build their own immunity to fight against this virus (suggesting herd immunity in a nice way)... or until a vaccine becomes available which could take months and cause a massive dent to the economy.
Personally, I am totally overwhelmed to the point I feel like giving up. After an intensive 8 months and my husband is NED, we have this. Not only do I worry about my parents and family back home in Asia which is a 13 hours flight away, I also worry about him every day. I try to focus on the positives, like we have more time together now that everyone is isolating at home. I also look forward to spring, the outdoors and the sun.
In my phone, I’ve listed down things that makes me happy — could as simple as a hot bath, listening to music, going to the beach, etc. Whenever I feel like I can’t cope, I look into my list and I try to check off a few things the next day. It keeps me sane.
As caregivers, we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others. I hardly drink, but tonight, I had a glass of single malt whiskey on my own as a treat.
I hope you manage to find some calm.
Sending over plenty of positive energy and love!
Wife of DH (54) DX on 5/7/19
CEA value: 1.2
T loc: Sigmoid
T type: Adenocarcinoma
T grade: G3
Pos LNs: 30/31
Wild Type for KRAS, NRAS and BRAF
19/7/19 PET-CT Scan: Distant lymph nodes (para-aorta, neck & hip), est. size 0.5-1.5cm.
22/7/19 Surgery: Laparoscopic Colon Resection
26/8/19 Chemo: CAPEOX + Avastin x 9
6/11/19 CT Scan after 3rd cycle, all nodes have shrunk! Yay!!