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May 17, 2018
Welcome to my 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.
In early June, 2017, I was diagnosed with stage four metastatic bile duct cancer. What a shock. Working one day, diagnosed with late stage cancer the next. The prognosis was not great. My UAB oncologist advised me that this is a mean, aggressive type of cancer that is resistant to treatment. We quickly began a regimen of chemotherapy, and to our surprise and delight, it does actually seem to be helping. Subsequent scans reveal a stable pattern of no new growth! Of course, I'd love to see a cure, but in light of the grim prognosis, stable works just fine for me.
I'm extremely grateful that I have not experienced a single moment of nausea and have had many really good days. Still, the eight months of chemo treatments have produced some side effects that have worsened significantly as the months have gone by - severe shortness of breath and more than severe fatigue. As a consequence, it has become quite a bit more difficult for me to carry out some of my day to day activities. With a great deal of support from my family, doctor visits, grocery shopping and other errands are being handled. Additionally, an awesome group of friends have provided meals from time to time. Our hope is that Caring Bridge participation can offer a means towards receiving meals on a more predictable schedule and perhaps even a little occasional help with errands.
For now, I am happy and so grateful to report that I am still having many a good day, and really enjoying little outings and visits from family and friends. Though I have very low energy, I still have good quality of life. My family and I will be using this sight to provide updates on how things are going. My heart overflows each day with gratitude to all for your interest, good wishes, prayers, and helpful deeds.