Jan 13, 2022 Latest post:
Sep 22, 2023
Hi there. Here is a back story to my story. My birthday (November 13, 2021) weekend was spent at a girlfriend’s house in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. We enjoyed the outdoors, the sunshine, the weather, friendship and all the things that bring me joy. It was a great weekend and I felt normal and awesome. I returned home on November 16, 2021.
I went back to work, doing my normal thing. On November 19th, I had a regular routine doctor visit, a few meds were adjusted, no big deal. Things were fine. A week and a half later, I started developing severe stomach pains. I thought it was the new medication. This turned into lab work that indicated my liver enzymes were elevated to the point where I started developing jaundice and turning yellow. I was directed to have more bloodwork, scans, and an MRI which brought me to December 15th with a tentative diagnosis that it was "highly likely" that I had pancreatic cancer. It was unreal.
On December 21st, I had an endoscopy with a stent and a biopsy to confirm their suspicions, which sadly were confirmed with a formal diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer.
On December 23rd, the pain had not subsided and was also getting worse. I canceled my day at work (before Christmas mind you) and ended up going to the ER. I was then admitted to Methodist Hospital. They diagnosed me with pancreatitis which is very painful and I started developing the collection of fluid in my abdomen. Once settled into my room, I was allowed an ice chip an hour. I could not tolerate any food or liquids as it caused even more pain and discomfort. During the next 16 days in the hospital, it was a series of labs, scans, tests, and the DREADED ng feeding tube (made me gag and was horrible - so out that came). I eventually ended up on TPN (liquid overnight feeding system) as I still cannot have anything orally, liquid or food.
Of course, knowing me, you know I made the best of the Christmas and New Years Celebrations with the staff, I appreciate everyone who has been reaching out to me during this time and if I couldn't respond to your text/well wishes, know that I did receive them. Thank you for your continued prayers and support as I figure this journey out. I loved the very limited visits I could have (one person per day) and the cards, flowers, texts, new pajamas, blankets, etc. that were brought/dropped off to me. You guys are the BEST! I know and I feel that I am very loved.
I stayed for 16 days being monitored/controlled for pain and was discharged home on January 8th. Coming home I was apprehensive as I didn't know what/is to come. Being someone who is so independent, now having to lean on my "Cancer Crew" is a new chapter in my life. With your help, I know I can make it through this.
Right now, as of today (Janurary 11th, 2022) I am gathering information and filling my "whiteboard" with information. This includes gathering treatment information, visits with oncology, surgeons, scans, labs, the liquid feedings, learning everything that I can right now. It is overwhelming to say the least.
So......moving forward I intend on doing my best to update this page with my thoughts, feelings, treatment plans and for those that have been saying "what can I do," know that I will reach out as I figure it out.
For now, keep the prayers rolling. For those of you who have been asking "what can I do for you" I hope to get back to you with my new needs, that are unknown at this time, but know that I appreciate each and every offer that has been extended to be of help.