Feb 21, 2020 Latest post:
Mar 18, 2020
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. This is Teri Communicating with you. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. As you probably know if you are looking at this, Michael has been diagnosed with STAGE 4 PANCREATIC CANCER. The FIRST indication that anything at all was wrong was on our 48th anniversary , one month ago 1/22/20. He was having a hard time holding down food, we just thought it was stomach flu... But we waited about 21/2 weeks and ended up in emergency room on Friday 2/7. They told us right there that he had a necrotic (dead) mass in his pancreas and metastasized spots on his liver, (among other things!). They said he had cancer and it was probably Pancreatic. From there he went straight to the hospital and the new reality of our life began! He was in the hospital for 10 days with only IV electrolytes (no food) for 7 days. During that time they told us he indeed does have pancreatic cancer.
He has small cell squamous cancer of the Pancreas. There is 1 mass 2.7 cm x3.5cm in the mesentery of Rt pelvis a necrotic mass 5.4cm x 10.4 cm in Pancreatic body and tail multiple hepatic metastases (liver)
He has been taking in food via IV since Valentines day eve. He is NOT ABLE TO EAT REGULAR FOOD because the cancer is choking his intestines. They CAN'T OPERATEE because the cancer is too far spread and because if they did the recovery from surgery would inhibit healing from any treatment.
Left the hospital on Monday. I have been learning how to do the IV every night for 14 hours. We have no treatment plan and very little hope given to us by doctors. They are waiting for his body to get stronger from the IV (TCN)