In the late summer and fall of 2015, I began to experience the feeling of "fullness" even after a smaller meal and indigestion/nausua. I began treatment for a suspected ulcer and experienced some positive results. In November, the symptoms returned stronger and my doctors began the steps for diagnosis. Between December 15-23, I had a series of five (5) scans, procedures and tests. On Christmas Eve I received the call that biopsies confirmed that I have pancreatic cancer along with a cancerous lymph node.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, I had a laparoscopic surgery. My doctor/surgeon informed me that he found some suspicious spots on my peritoneum and liver. He biopsied these areas and I will know the week of January 4, 2016, if they are cancerous. Also, the tumor on my pancreas is pressing up against a major artery that "feeds" blood to the liver. This could create a lot of complications, so I am hopeful that the chemotherapy and radiation can reduce the size of the tumor. Also, it was discovered that the tumor had grown half a centimeter in less than two weeks, so they want to get me started on chemotherapy & radiation ASAP. I will meet with the oncology team on Monday, January 4th.
As of writing this story...I am confident that my team of specialists will do all they can to extend my life. I'm planning to continue working whenever possible...knowing there may be some extended time away.
Cherish everyday you have with family and friends...I did just that over Christmas...it was wonderful. My immediate family (see photo) has been so supportive, helpful and a blessing during this most difficult time.
I understand the "fight" is just beginning! I plan to take it on "one day at a time" concentrating on the positives in life.