Donna Diffey

First post: Apr 17, 2017 Latest post: Oct 12, 2017

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On Wednesday, April 12th, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.    I had no symptoms or any reason to think this was news we were going to hear. 

John and I had enjoyed a wonderful cruise in the Caribbean over spring break.  We drove home from Galveston, TX on Sunday.  Monday was a professional work day of sitting in meetings.  I was very uncomfortable and in some pain when I was breathing but I figured I had pulled a muscle and made an appointment at the district's health clinic for Tuesday.  After school on Tuesday, I realized I had not had pain during my day of teaching but figured since I had the appointment scheduled, I should go.  After giving my symptoms and self-diagnosis, my doctor checked me out and I expected a muscle relaxer.  Instead, she told me I had to go to the ER.  This seemed really extreme, but I drove home, picked up John and Clark and went.  After tests, I was told that I had a blood clot in each lung and would be admitted.  However, the CT scan of my chest revealed more.

Doctors found a spot on my pancreas.  This became the focus of my remaining two day stay.  More tests.  A biopsy.  And then waiting until the following Wednesday, April 12th. 

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