So, Pam intended to have a great start to her retirement which began on April 7, 2017. Instead it has been a series of medical tests and procedures. There's no easy way to say it but she received a definite diagnosis of pancreatic cancer on April 14th. She started pretty intense chemo on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. It's a bummer but she is doing pretty well and was glad to have a diagnosis explaining why she wasn't feeling very well. The chemotherapy will continue through four rounds and then she will be reassessed. Chemo and/or radiation are a possibility and surgery is an option.
We are be using this Caring Bridge site to update you in one place; freeing us up from communicating with each of you separately. We hope we haven’t missed informing anyone, and apologize if we have. It was a pretty intense month between diagnosis and treatment. If you know anyone who may not know about Pam's diagnosis and you think they should, or know of anyone who did not get our initial communication or see our posting on Facebook, please give them the link to Pam's site. Also tell them that if they want to get automatic updates, they should be followers and not just visitors; and turn on the notifications tool.
As Pam is wont to say, the train has left the station and is speeding towards a positive outcome. This train is a local, not an express, and there will be a few unexpected stations visited. But we remain in good spirits and are optimistic.
Your thoughts, good vibrations and prayers are welcome.