My dad has been a survivor of pancreatic cancer since being disgnosed in October of 2018. He continues to survive, much in thanks to improved treatment options and greater understanding of this complicated disease.
Throughout my dad's journey, I have learned that cancer isn't so much about the diagnosis as it is about the fight for your life. As you comprehend your own mortality, and how fleeting our time truly is, you are stuck spending it in ways that you would rather not. You spend much of your time at doctors' apointments, fighting symptoms like fatigue, upset stomach, and nausea. There is the constant struggle to maintain your weight or even better gain some. Procedures. So many procedures. Blood transfusions, THE WHIPPLE, vein grafts, ports, NG tubes, anemia, platelets, neuropathy, time, lack of time left, CT scans, waiting for results. Results. Bad results. Squeezing every last moment out of your life with those that you love. Avoiding crowded places, an inabiltiy to travel to see those that you need to hug. Hair loss, fear of hurting those you love, sadness, guilt, good days, bad days, faith, love, fear and grace. That is cancer.
I am honored to have been accepted into Project Purple. Money from this organization will be going towards research in pancreatic cancer. We have come so far in the available treatments for this diaease in the last few years, and I want to help us come even farther. Please support me on this journey so that we can all make a difference.