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Our story started with a visit to the Dr. at Shands Hospital on Feb 14th in Gainesville FL, to see about getting an umbilical hernia repaired before Dan retired from the Fire Dept. on April 28, 2018. Everything seemed fine we told he felt like he had the stomach flu for about two weeks Dr. stated she would make sure he didn't have a virus and to go ahead and get his CT scan done so we did on that Friday Feb 16th. Saturday morning he gets up not feeling great and he looked very yellow jaundice to me so I call the Dr. office and the on call Dr. was one of the residents that was in the office with us and she said his scans are not read yet let me look, well she proceeds to tell me his gallbladder is enlarged bring him up so.....Off to the Shands we go thinking he is going to have gallbladder surgery, they take us back in a room with LOTS of other sick folks and we wait & wait finally a nice Dr comes and sits next to Dan and proceeds to show him what they felt are 4 malignant tumors on his pancreas. I cannot begin to even tell you the pain I felt for my husband. We were put in a room on the fourth floor and had a stint put in to take off the pressure off of the gallbladder and to help with the jaundice, the following day the head surgeon came in to talk to us about pancreatic cancer, I felt as if we were in a bad dream. She told us all the things that they would be doing but my thought was GOD can heal this. Lord how are we going to tell our children. God is Good….. We told our kids and family and lots of tears were shed. We went to the Fire Station and picked up all of his things and the guys were so kind.
We have surgery planned for Friday March 2, @ 7:30am (Whipple Procedure)