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Sandy’s Story

On Monday, November 21, 2011 Sandy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer (Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma).  This site has been created to let our friends and family know what is going on.  We will update it as often as we can.

This entire saga began during the summer.  Sandy spent a week in St. Vincent’s Hospital with Pancreatitis.  An Endoscopy performed and lab samples taken a few weeks later still showed some inflammation on the Pancreas,but no indication of any Cancer. A follow-up Endoscopy and sampling on November 21 turned up positive for Pancreatic Cancer.

Since then, we have seen the Oncologist, the Surgeon, and the Internist.  Major surgery is necessary,and is currently being scheduled for the week of December 5.  Before that can occur, she must have another CT scan, a MRI and an Echocardiogram – in addition to more doctor visits.

Unfortunately, the surgery on December 15 showed that the cancer had spread to a few places on her liver, so the Pancreatic surgery was modifed.  The Pancreas and Stomach here left intact and some duct bypass was performed.  We will not know what the next steps will be until we meet with the Doctors, but no treatment can begin until the surgery heals.

A word of caution - if you google this type of cancer, you will be discouraged; we were.  The doctors are saying that it was caught very early and they are cautiously optimistic.

We have taken advantage of this website service in an effort to keep it off of Facebook as much as possible (but we know that won't happen).  This website allows us to keep everyone updated on a regular basis without having to spend all of our time on the phone.  We do not want to leave anyone out or give incomplete information.

Thank you all for your words of encouragement  and support.

Sandy passed away at home in her sleep on the morning of August 8, 2012.   Thanks to everyone for their amazing love and support during this past year.

Latest Journal Update

December 29, 39th Anniversary

Today, December 29, would have been our 39th
wedding anniversary.  The picture is from
that wonderful day.  We were both
fortunate to have each other for that long to share children, friends, travel
and all other experiences.  I just wish
it could have been a lot longer, and there was so much we wanted to do and
see.  We promised each other 39 years ago
to stick together “to have and to
hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in
sickness and in health, until death do us part”
.  There is not a day that passes when I am
reminded of her, miss her conversations or think of our time together.  Family and friends have been fantastic in
their concern, support and keeping me busy.

I am still trying to catch up.  The bills are getting paid, the household
chores done, the transfer of cars and such are complete, and other daily tasks
that she took care of have fallen into my routine.  I still have not sent acknowledgments and
thank you notes to all those who have helped over the past 5 months – they will
be coming, eventually.

I will close down this website around the end of
January.  The site has been a wonderful
way to relay information and our thanks to everyone, but there is little more
that I can add.  Thanks to everyone who
left comments and made donations to Caringbridge.  I do not know how we could have done it
without their help.