On October 30, 2018 I heard the words no one ever wants to hear...you have cancer. A few days later I was sitting in the oncologists office with some friends when I heard the words inoperable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. Not knowing much about cancer but losing my father to pancreatic cancer in 1993 you can imagine I was a little taken back. After all, pancreatic cancer isn't supposed to be hereditary and I hadn't been deathly sick. Thanks to my great support team, phenomenal oncology group, family and friends I began my cancer journey. Although a roller coaster ride to say the least it's been an educational experience of just how strong one can be with a cancer diagnosis.
In the beginning my treatments were very toxic to my body and I experience awful side effects. At one point I didn't care if I were alive or dead. My oncologist decided to try another protocol of chemo infusion therapy which had fewer side effects and I tolerated it well...although losing all my hair, and believe me...me being bald wasn't beautiful! After I finished my infusion therapy, radiation and lots of scans I'm happy to say that I am currently in stable condition. I continue to take oral chemo medications and will be on that regimen until something changes.
October is a very exciting month for me...my birthday, Halloween (my second favorite holiday) and a celebration of two years since my initial diagnosis make this year even more special. I'm hoping to spend more October's enjoying the fall weather but only God knows when this journey will end.
Cancer Care has been so amazing during this journey, their foundation has provided me with a grant to cover my chemo medications as well as support. I don't need or want anything for my birthday this year but to give back to this association and hopefully provide funds to other cancer patients that need help with paying for their treatment. I was recently made aware of their new PAWS program to help cancer patients care for their pets during their cancer journey. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!