About a year ago my mother in law was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. She didn't let it get her down. I helped with transportation to and from her chemo appointments ... mostly because she was unable to tolerate the treatments and was violently ill throughout that time. By the end of her treatments in July, she was living her best life. Out and traveling with her girlfriend, coming to our house for weekend BBQs, and making crochet projects for her friends. Oct 1st - her life alert went off and our lives changed. She was instantly dependent on us to make sure she had round the clock care at home. We went in for an MRI and were told that the cancer had spread to her brain, treatment was no longer an option. Her primary cancer doctor said she had days, maybe weeks, not months to live. We instantly decided we were going to keep her home as long as that was possible. She is still alert, for the most part. She has trouble vocalizing and has developed a persistent cough... today, one month later, she's on hospice, and is now having trouble with transfers because she's incredibly weak, she stays in her hospital bed all day, she hasn't had any fluid intake and has quit taking any medications. She's pale and has a gurgle when she breaths (that comes and goes) and she's exhausted all the time. However, she isn't in any pain and is ready for what comes next but is seeming to linger with no quality of life. I've never done a forum like this before but her condition has consumed my life and I am feeling like its all I talk about. Its all I want to talk about. I just really needed a place to get this all out there and see if anyone else who is caring for someone might feel the same way.