Our lives would be forever changed the day of Tuesday, January 29th, 2013.
Rory had been experiencing abdominal pain and flu like symptoms for a couple weeks prior, but decided on January 29th that something was seriously wrong. He went to the ER for extensive testing, only to find out that there was a mass on his pancreas. That following Friday, February 1st, Rory went back in to the hospital for a biopsy of the mass to determine whether it was benign or malignant. In spite of some of our greatest fears, the pathology tests came back that the mass was indeed malignant.
Rory was diagnosed with stage 2b pancreatic cancer that had spread to one of the near by lymph nodes. The mass is located in the head of the pancreas pushing up against the bile duct and encasing a major artery. A stent was positioned in the bile duct so that it could continue to function properly. The oncologists and surgeons are hoping with Rory's six weeks of chemotherapy that the mass will shrink away from the artery so that they may be able to perform an extensive surgical procedure called a whipple procedure to remove the cancerous mass.
After Rory went through the six weeks of chemotherapy, it was determined that the mass in fact grew and completely engulfed the major artery near by. These results were completely opposite from what the Doctors were expecting. There was no hope for surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. The surgery was deemed too risky and the cancer too advanced.
Rory is currently under Hospice care in his own home. He is living each day to the fullest surrounded by loving family, friends and coworkers.