I have been reading a few of the threads on this Board and as some have stated, it is hard to start one, if you don't know exactly what to say. But here goes. My DH is 81 yo and never never been sick. Very fortunate for him. Back in September, '06 he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. We didn't know he had a problem. We started Radiation, 16 treatments. Then we went thru 6 agressive Chemo treatments, at 3 week intervals. Never one time did he get sick at all or have any side affects, with the exception of him losing his beautiful white hair. I, myself, have been very sick and he has taken good care of me for 3 years now with my illness of having Lupus and several surgeries. This past Oct. and Nov. I went thru 2 more surgeries and am now on an abdominal wound Vac to help promote healing. I have a home health nurse that comes to me 4times a week also. Just five days ago he began to show signs of weakness and being very sick and fell out of bed 3 times and I had to call an ambulance. On the 3rd time he was admitted 'cause we said he had chest pains. We have now found out that the cancer is in his bones and most probably in his brain. He is very confused and doesn't know where he is most of the time He was in the hospital 5 days and then I brought him home with trying to get home health care. I contacted HOSPICE in our area and they were out at our house w/in 2 hours and I found out that they are completely taking over his care. There will be 3 nurses on 8 hour shifts 24/7. They will remove the hospital bed we now have and bring in their own equipment. Our cancer Dr. will still "follow" but HOSPICE will be the first care taker. What is even better is that Medicare will pay for everything 100% and not even a penny will have to be paid by us. I know I left some important details out that I wanted to say, but maybe they will come later, as I remember them. Many important decisions to be made shortly and I hope I am ready to handle everything the right way. Thank you for reading this, as I felt it would be seen by someone.