Hiking on Mt. Rainier (27 July 2014)

John Bullister

First post: Aug 9, 2014 Latest post: Jun 14, 2018
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In May 2014, I experienced what I thought were some symptoms of kidney stones. I visited a physician in Seattle who suggested a routine CT scan.  In the scan, in addition to small kidney stones, anomalous masses were detected on my pancreas and at other locations. During the following weeks I underwent a seemingly endless suite of scans, tests, biopsies and other procedures.  Based on these results, I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic adenocarcinoma (pancreatic cancer).  This type of cancer is typically aggressive and unfortunately has metastasized to several other locations. 
On Tuesday (29 July 2014 ) I began a series of chemotherapy treatments, with the goal of slowing the progress of the disease.  These treatments are scheduled to continue at about 2 week intervals for the next 2 months, after which my condition will be re-assessed.  I will post updates as more information is available.  
I plan to continue to stay as active as possible, and am very fortunate to have a wonderful network of family and friends for support. My email is: jlbullister@hotmail.com