On June 11, 2016, Willi was diagnosed with pancreatitis. He fought through it and after three months his blood tests were back to normal. However, he was still suffering with abdominal pain. He was given several diagnoses (none related to his pancreas.) On June 11, 2017, Willi was back in the emergency room with unbearable abdominal pain. After a month of being passed from doctor to doctor we finally found (and pretty much begged) a doctor willing to order more testing. Willi was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - metastasized to his liver on July 12th. We were immediately welcomed into the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute by Gretchen and the foundation and felt like we were given the VIP treatment. Everything was rushed through and Willi began an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy consisting of six hours of infusions in the clinic, 46 hours at home with a pump attached to a port implanted in his chest and then 11 days of rest. We are grateful for all of the love and support we are receiving . . . it brings us energy and strength to battle on. We know we have a long, dark war ahead of us, but we BELIEVE we will triumph. We believe Willi is our "two percent man". Somebody has to be and who better than him?
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