Joann has been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Here is how she got here - Back in June she was having stomach cramping and was uncomfortable across her lower abdomen. After a couple of weeks, she went to her Doctor. Because she is in such good shape and is constantly aware of her body’s performance, her Doctor took her very seriously. She had also had a perfect physical in November. The Doctor ordered blood tests and a sonogram thinking she had a gall bladder or GI issue. The blood tests revealed elevated liver enzymes, and the sonogram showed a mass in the pancreas. The next week a MRI was done, which confirmed the cyst in the pancreas and mass lesions in the liver. Subsequent to the reading of the MRI, a biopsy was performed confirming metastatic adenocarcinoma in the liver, originating in the pancreas. Since the cancer had spread so much, surgery was ruled out. An aggressive regimen of chemo was determined to be the first line of treatment. The UVA oncology team will oversee the treatment schedule.
Joann is determined to win this battle and use it as a time to inspire others. She has many wonderful stories of God’s angels that she has already met along this journey. Her mantra is: “God is bigger than this.” We are so thankful for the many prayers and words of encouragement, and we are so humbled by the endless generosity.