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Pam Garlach Johnson
May 17, 2017 Latest post:
Aug 26, 2018
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 definitive diagnosis of pancreatic cancer on April 14th. She started pretty intense chemo on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The initial treatment was a bummer but she weathered it pretty well, but she was glad to have a diagnosis explaining why she wasn't feeling very well. The initial round of chemotherapy continued through four rounds and she was then reassessed. Everything except the size of the tumor showed improvement; the tumor growing slightly by millimeters. She entered a second round of chemo using different drugs on July 19, 2017. Again, the results of the chemotherapy were not great, but there was some shrinkage; enough to allow surgery. The Whipple surgery was done in December, 2017. The surgeon's report indicated that all margins were clean. Additional post-surgical chemotherapy carried out in the Spring of 2018. Unfortunately, another CT scan done of an unrelated problem showed that the cancer had returned and had spread to her liver. More chemo is now scheduled for summer, 2018 and the hope is that the cancer can be slowed.
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 the beginning of treatment, and although we have settled into a routine and continue to lead as good a life as possible, we remain consumed with Pam's health, treatment and potential cure.
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 note, or are not getting our communications or Facebook postings, 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.