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Joni and Tim 2017
Aug 30, 2017 Latest post:
May 18, 2018
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Tim and I have created this site to keep you up to date with my treatment for pancreatic cancer. We will post updates as frequently as we can. Welcome .
The Back Story
After months of back pain and trying mainstream and alternative treatments my pain increased to the point that I went to the ER in June and they found pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately it took several weeks to get all the diagnostic work completed, appointments scheduled and a relationship established with an oncologist before I could start chemo.My primary has been a heroine at every glitch in this process. She stepped up many times when I felt I was at a dead end trying to arrange care. Chemo began in late July at Rust Presbyterian with the expectation that after 8 treatments and radiation I would be eligible for surgery. I did not tolerate the treatments well. After the second treatment I was receiving hydration every other day. Even with hydration, I was unable to eat or drink very much. This culminated in an admission to the hospital August 17 with severe dehydration and atrial fibrillation. I was released the next day a very weak puppy.