Howard’s Story

Site created on May 16, 2011

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

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I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on March 21st 2011.  I had neo-adjunct treatment (a combination of chemotherapy and radiation treatment). During the months of April and May I underwent 6 chemo treatments with a combination of the drugs Gemzar and Albraxane and 25 radiation treatments. I was fortunate to have very little side effects. I did lose some of my hair but not all of it.

On June 7th I had a CT scan and on June 9th I found out the results. The tumor shrunk significantly and my surgeon performed the Whipple surgery on June 20th 2011.. He removed about a 3rd of my Pancreas, my gall bladder, and a portion of my small intestine. I then went through additional chemo to kill off any remaining cells.

I have been cancer free for almost 4 years, but as is unfortunately all too common with Pancreatic Cancer the bastard appears to have come back. I now have a 2x3 cm malignant tumor on my liver that needs to be removed. I will have surgery on July 1st, 2015 to remove about 20-30% of my liver. Most likely then more chemo. The battle rages on but I will prevail!

Newest Update

Journal entry by Terri Buckley

Ten years ago, we were getting ready to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

Ten years ago, Luke was graduating from high school and heading off to college.

Ten years ago, we adopted a "special"  9 month old puppy named Chunk.

Ten years ago on this date, March 20, 2011, Howard was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer.

Ten years ago, after the diagnosis, I couldn't think beyond 10 minutes, 10 hours let alone 10 days.

Ten years ago I thought our story was ending...

The story didn't end and  here we are today, ten years later and still going strong!  Howard has not only continued to defy the odds and statistics of this diabolical cancer, he has helped to increase the statistics from a 5% survival rate to a 10% survival rate. 

While Howard's journey has been filled with twists, turns and even a cliff hanger here and there, he is still here!  To me this is a big deal, to Howie, well, he never had any doubt that he wouldn't kick cancers ass and be here to celebrate 10 years later...

Ten years later, we are getting ready to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary.

Ten years later, Luke is engaged!

Ten years later, our "special" boy Chunky is pushing 11 years old and is still very "special".

Ten years later, we know there will more twists, turns and detours and will take them on as they come, one step at time. The way Howard does it!

Ten years later, my cup is no longer "half empty",  it has filled up a bit thanks to Howie💗




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