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10/12/2016 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.
My friend Sandy suggested this as a good way to stay in touch with a lot of people at one time, and at the time of my choosing. I agree it is a marvelous idea, and thank you, Sandy. Most of you already know that I have stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to my liver. As much as that sucks, I actually feel really lucky, because I have an incredible support system. My children, and their significant others (who I also consider my children) are the best any mother could ask for. My boyfriend is the sweetest, most considerate man and he spoils me rotten. My friends are the most wonderful, loyal, loving people on the planet. My ex-husband (who is also my Boss, lol) has been nothing but kind, understanding, and concerned, and he is truly being wonderful about the special circumstances surrounding my job, My "ex" family is still my family, and I love them more than I can say, especially the wonderful woman who has been my Mom for over 30 years. My co-workers are all family - some literally, some of my heart, and they are the most wonderful bunch of people I could ever imagine - loving and supportive one and all. So yes, I am a lucky girl. I have more than any amount of money could ever buy, and I am blessed beyond measure. Then there is my precious granddaughter, Elena. Heart of my heart, sunshine of my life. I will be in her life as long as I possibly can.
So, I am going to figure out how to let you all know how to access this site. If I have this right, you can leave messages to which I can reply, and I can leave updates on my condition and treatments in one place without having to repeat the same thing over and over, which can be a little bit exhausting in itself. I don't know all the ins and outs of this yet, but I am counting on the fact that we can all figure it out together.
As far as updates, I got some very encouraging news today. The PET scan that I had revealed that there is just one lesion on my liver, and getting rid of that will make the pancreatic tumor much more operable. Operating makes my chances of survival much better, and gives me a more favorable prognosis. So, let's all get out heads around thinking this liver tumor away. Then I can be around to annoy people for a good, long time, lol! I also had my first round of chemo today. I am a little tired and shaky tonight, but all things considered, I think it went very well. I am going to send out a mass e-mail and get to as many of you as I can, but please feel free to share with anyone you feel would want to share. No clowns or serial killers please.
I also want to ask for support for the people who love me, because this is hurting them. Especially my kids. Perhaps the worst part of this is seeing them in pain and not being able to help them. I will eventually help them by kicking cancer in the ass, but meanwhile, extra love and hugs please. I love you all, and words can never express my gratitude and love.