Have you ever watched a family member die?

United States
April 3, 2007 7:41pm CST
Something happened this past weekend that i hope i never have to witness again. I watched my 67 year old grandmother take her last breath and lose her 9 month battle with lung cancer. I know now first hand that cancer is brutal and shows no mercy, it was the most horid thing that i have ever seen and i wont go into detail about it for those that have a weak stomach.But it is something that will be burned into my mind forever.
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I sat by 36 year old sisters bedside as she laid passing away from ovarian cancer. She had battled it for more then 10 years.For the last year an half of her life we knew that they considered her terminal but you never want to give up hope. I would repeat the experience again if I needed to because I would never want someone I love to pass on without someone by their side.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
Thank you. Everyone told me that i shouldnt be in there to just wait outside until it was over but i said NO WAy in Heck am i gonna leave her to die without me. I am the oldest grandchild at 26 soon to be 27 and i was her baby her first and the apple of her eye, she thought the world revolved around me and i gave her 5 beautiful great grandbabies.and yes i would do it all over again if it were another family member.now i feel alot better because of your response thanks so much it gives me hope because i fear it will be my father to go next and i want to be there with him as well
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I know exactly what you are saying. As my mom gets older her health is getting worse I can't imagine what my life will be like without her because she is my best friend. I know that when it is her time to move on I will be sitting by her side holding her hand. I am so sorry for the pain you are feeling. Stay strong. "hugs"
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@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
4 Apr 07
When I was a health care aid, I used to specialize in cancer patients, not because I wanted to, but because they asked for me by name. its sad and a little frightening to watch someone struggle to get any air into their lungs at all, isn't it. I really wish we could take teenagers in to watch someone die from lung cancer, maybe it would stop some of them from smoking and joining the sad statistics. I truly think that's the most horrible way to die, and I hope, at the end, she was well medicated and went fast. I'm so sorry for your loss, by the way, that was a very young age to be lost to you.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
She had morphine and i dont think she was in any pain but we know she was really suffering because she drowned in her own fluids it was really horrible and i knew before everyone else knew that she was gone.
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