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.
Dear Family & Friends,
Today (Monday, May 6) we had confirmed for us, by tissue biopsy, the diagnosis created by 2 CT scans and one MRI: stage 4 cancer of the pancreas that has spread to the liver. Today the gastroenterologist also did a celiac plexus nerve block with ETOH (alcohol), to allow pancreatic cancer to be free supposedly of pain, as they did for our late friend Paul Hossler. We were told it takes three to four days to destroy the nerve but so far today it has given significant pain relief. She has been on morphine round the clock for the past week with only partial relief but has not needed any for the past 12 hours.
Today we are giving our family and friends our update and doing this first posting on Caring Bridge. Our friend Sue Shirk started the site for us.
My left costal rib margin pain began late Dec. 2018, and I went to our family doctor early January. A CT of the abdomen at that time was normal, but not until 3 weeks ago, when Bob called the Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) doctor on call, Dr. Christopher Shih, was a diagnostic protocol offered and accepted.
Tomorrow hospice services for symptom control are being started, later this week we will have an anointing service, and hopefully I get to say my good byes in a pain free body. Our son, Craig, who is an internist like his dad, is coming from Kentucky on Friday, and we are having a family conference with Dr De Green, an oncologist, to share these collected test and image results and what we can physiologically expect with this pathology.
I remain convinced that I will die "on time"----God's time, not mine. Together we submit to whenever that is. Needless to say, we have not been here before, and we welcome you to join our journey in prayer and friendship.