Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Right around Valentine's Day, Deb noticed that her skin was looking a little jaundiced. Within days, she was in to see her doctor, who sent her to the nearest hospital for diagnostics. A CT scan revealed a mass on her pancreas an an obstruction of the common bile duct. She was immediately transferred to a larger facility about an hour away. That was Thursday, 2/18. After 11 days and one more transfer to a better resourced facility in Tacoma, she is presumed to have pancreatic cancer (though a tissue diagnosis has not yet confirmed the specific type), with multiple tumors on the pancreas and in her abdominal lymph nodes, one of which had cause the bile obstruction.
Deb remains present-minded about the ultimate meaning of this diagnosis, clear about her desire to fully engage with and enjoy her home, her time and her loved ones, and without unnecessarily compromising her relative comfort with chemotherapy during the little time she may have left, just for the sake of trying to beat this ruthless enemy who rarely loses a battle. At this time, she has returned home to Chimacum from the hospital in order to recuperate from the trauma of the obstructed bile duct and the many procedures attempted to remedy it, while considering the risks and benefits of undergoing laparoscopic surgery to remove her tumors, if possible, later this month.
As you can imagine, our family is awash with our own thinking, feeling, remembering and planning, to say nothing of the personal burden carried by Deb right now. We welcome you to show your encouragement in whatever way you feel called: post or comment on this site; reach out via facebook or words with friends; call; send a card or flowers; or offer to help Earl and Deb with a neighborly favor... Indeed, your sentiments and help light they way through this darkness. Only please remember: your attempts to directly contact Deb may go unanswered. Please don't take it personally--both her physical and emotional states are extremely delicate and changeable these days. Trust that she will respond when she feels called to do so.
We know Deb would like to connect with each of you in meaningful ways, and this may be the easiest way to accomplish just that. We thank you for being here.