Albert Estrada Albert Estrada

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So, about a month ago, my husband Albert was diagnosed with a rare form of stage four pancreatic cancer. By the time we learned of his diagnosis, it was very advanced and had spread beyond the pancreas. For a few weeks, he went without eating, and lost a lot of weight, all while dealing with abdominal pain. He was admitted into the hospital on August 8th. The doctors performed a couple of scans to get an understanding of his abdominal pain. Those scans came back showing a sizable mass blocking a part of his intestine. After looking at those scans, his condition, and all lab results, the doctors diagnosed him with an advanced form of pancreatic cancer. A week after being admitted into the hospital, doctors performed a bypass surgery. What this did, was bypass the blockage in the intestine, which would allow him to eat something. During this operation, the actual spread of the cancer was detected. It metastasized and spread from his pancreas, his intestine and shown by the scans, and the abdominal wall. His doctor told us that the cancer in it's current form, is inoperable. This type of prognosis is never good. It usually means the cancer is terminal. He spent the next 3 weeks in the hospital. It was extremely stressful being away from home that long and seeing him in this condition. He was discharged from the hospital on August 30th. He was glad to be home with our cat and dog. All of this seemed like something like out of a bad dream. It's unfortunately too real, and something a lot of families across the world have to go through. The next big step in his battle would be undergoing chemotherapy. That began a few days ago, this past Thursday, September 12th. He will be undergoing treatment every 3 weeks.  It has been a long month since he was diagnosed. It seems like an eternity has passed. Our family, and a lot of our friends have stepped up to lend give their love and support. And while fighting this tough battle, it's the little things that go a long way. We know this is a tough battle, but we will see it through.

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