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Old 07-15-2019, 05:44 AM   #21
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I'm sorry to hear that you had to suffer as well, it was devastating news- she's my best friend.
the good news is she is cancer free now, we had awesome surgeons and staff here at University of Pittsburgh and they caught it early, she's a nurse so she knew something was wrong and she had pain which is unusual with pancreatic cancer, but the pain saved her life. she was stage 2 when it was discovered. I've been ill for about 10 years as well, so it really changed our lives. and we live one day at a time.
our hearts go out to anyone fighting cancer or supporting a loved one with it.
I'm really glad to hear that. You guys are so lucky. My mom was diagnosed with type 4 pancreatic cancer when my little girl was just 6 months old. She fought it for 32 months, mostly due to her granddaughter I think. She passed away in 2016. In October of last year, my brother who is only 4 years older than me, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He's on a new chemo now and has made it almost 9 months, which is great considering.

Needless to say, it scares the crap out of me. Luckily I'm in a study that will see me screened at least once a year for at least the next 10 years.
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Old 07-15-2019, 10:47 AM   #22
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I'm really glad to hear that. You guys are so lucky. My mom was diagnosed with type 4 pancreatic cancer when my little girl was just 6 months old. She fought it for 32 months, mostly due to her granddaughter I think. She passed away in 2016. In October of last year, my brother who is only 4 years older than me, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He's on a new chemo now and has made it almost 9 months, which is great considering.

Needless to say, it scares the crap out of me. Luckily I'm in a study that will see me screened at least once a year for at least the next 10 years.
I'm very sorry to hear of your mom's cancer and your loss of her as well. and I hope your brother beats it as well. the thing with pancreatic cancer is that it's difficult to detect - it didn't show up on my wife's bloodwork they had to actually go in and take a sample. the first hospital thought it was pancreatitis and thought she had some build up in the duct ( I think the doctor just wrote it off because she was only 50 years of age at the time and the cancer usually doesn't hit women at that age, but after about 2 weeks of waiting for it to heal ( we went to UPMC ) and they found it and began treatment with that new chemo actually it's old but they found that this medication worked really well on pancreatic (my wife wasn't diabetic or a drinker) so pancreatitis shouldn't have been an issue. the chemo really beat her up and she's a tough woman,but it still ground her down.plus she had Whipple robotic surgery too.
tell your brother to fight as hard as possible there is hope ! I've met about 10 people who has survived and from stage 4 too here in Pittsburgh! the one dude I talked to is back out hunting and fishing -doing all the things he did before, tell your brother this! one thing I wonder is why are we hearing so much now it used to be a fairly rare form.... best wishes and prayers !
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:37 PM   #23
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I'm sorry to hear that you had to suffer as well, it was devastating news- she's my best friend.
the good news is she is cancer free now, we had awesome surgeons and staff here at University of Pittsburgh and they caught it early, she's a nurse so she knew something was wrong and she had pain which is unusual with pancreatic cancer, but the pain saved her life. she was stage 2 when it was discovered. I've been ill for about 10 years as well, so it really changed our lives. and we live one day at a time.
our hearts go out to anyone fighting cancer or supporting a loved one with it.
That is GREAT news! I'm very happy for you both!

Honestly, I think I actually had it easier than my friends and family did -- they were scared to death, but I was the one actually experiencing it, so I knew exactly what was going on. When you're WITNESSING it, you feel so helpless -- at least I had a sense that I could control some aspects of my treatment. I've been cancer free now for seven years (knock on wood), and we seem to be doing a lot better on getting people into remission than we were even twenty years ago.
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