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2/15/2017 Latest post:
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.
Following an episode of acute pancreatitis, Gauss was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This has happened very fast—Gauss was hospitalized for the pancreatitis on January 25. While he was there, the staff conducted numerous scans and ultrasounds, followed by a biopsy. By February 3 we were meeting with the oncologist to formulate a treatment plan. After consultations for chemo education, surgical implantation of a port, and genetic counseling, chemo started on February 9.
Following several days of weird/scary/uncomfortable side effects, Gauss is beginning to feel better.
Pancreatic cancer is a pretty grim diagnosis, but we are determined not to fixate on the negative and wallow in self-pity. So when you see either of us do not put on a mournful face like you are a funeral director, look deeply at us with sad eyes, and clasp one of our hands in both of yours. Just NO! Even though Gauss has cancer, he’s still HIM and we are still US, so we want to enjoy ourselves and your company. We love lively conversation and silly games, so please check in with us, and if Gauss is up for it, stop by ready to play.