Stephanie Czelder

First post: Feb 25, 2019 Latest post: Oct 2, 2019

Last summer I walked the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile pilgrimage from the French border to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. While on the Camino I began to feel ill. Shortly after my return in July of 2018, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. At the end of July I started chemotherapy, receiving infusions once every two weeks. This treatment was effective in arresting the cancer's development. During this period (from August until January 2019) we had several extraordinary visits from our sons Alex and Isaac (both twice), my four siblings and portions of their families, and friends (Margie and Mike), all from the Pacific Northwest. Jim and I were also able to travel to Florida for Thanksgiving with Jim’s family, Seattle for Christmas, and San Diego to be with our friends Mike and Suzanne. After about six months a side effect of the chemo drugs, neuropathy, forced me to stop the initial treatment. On February 19 I started a new treatment, that is, a second line of chemo drugs. As before, the infusions are once every two weeks.

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