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Dear All- After winning his flight with Pat at the Ansley Member-Guest Golf Tournament and then celebrating Sarah's wedding with our family, Pete was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. We are all still in shock. This was Pat's first message explaining what happened:
August 8, 2017 My twin brother Pete had a stroke about 3 weeks ago. He seemed to be getting better until he went to the hospital a week ago last Thursday after he had what he thought was an allergic reaction to his stroke medication. While he was there he had a CAT scan, which showed lesions on his lungs, liver and pancreas. Pete lives alone and he asked me to come to Manassas, VA to take care of him for a few days, and I was there from Saturday, July 29, until yesterday morning. His daughter Katie also drove up from Richmond the day after I got there. His mental condition deteriorated due to the stroke quite a bit from the time he was admitted to the hospital a week ago Thursday and when I got there last Saturday, but it seems to have stabilized over the last week, although he still cannot open his iPhone or iPad because he cannot remember his passwords. He has also lost much of the use of his right arm.
He had a biopsy last Monday and we met with the oncologist on Thursday. It was not good news. Pete has stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver and spleen, and possibly his lungs. It is inoperable and not curable, but it is treatable with chemo. He is having a port installed on Wednesday and will begin chemo a week from Monday. His long-term prognosis is 18 months. The oncologist told us he thought the stroke was likely caused by the pancreatic cancer.
Pete’s daughter had to go back to Richmond on Thursday night but went back to Manassas yesterday and will be with Pete all week. We will have to figure out a game plan for taking care of Pete after that, and it is likely that I will be spending every other week in Manassas for the foreseeable future. I will be going back this Sunday so I can be with Pete for his first chemo treatment, which will last six hours. If Pete had not had the stroke the situation would not be nearly as dire, but because of the stroke he cannot distinguish between the different medications he is taking, and he has no real concept of time. In a way the stroke is a blessing because I don’t think Pete fully comprehends the situation.