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9/13/2015I have asked you many questions and you have always helped me understand what's been going on with my mom.She has bc that metastized to her liver and her lungs. She has been battling this for 7 years.As on 2 weeks ago, Drs stopped all chemo,her liver is failing,Docs say she will get more and more tires. Today stomach is huge.She looks 9 months pregnant.Hospice nurse coming tomorrow. All her children are here w/her.She is only 68 yrs old.Her appetite is less and less. This is so sad. My ? is how long to do think she has left? Thank you for all your help during the years with all my questions!!!
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9/14/2015This is truly such a difficult time that you and family are going through, saying goodbye to you mother, and for your mother as well. Hospice should be able to help with making your mother more comfortable, as well as answer your questions after meeting and assessing your mother. Canno predict how much time she has left, but certainly treat each day as a gift spent with her. Ask her what family/friends she might want with her, and let her know how much she is loved.

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