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Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 10%. From 2014 to 2020, this rate improved to 10%. When my husband was diagnosed we stayed hopeful that he would fall into that 10%. He was young, only 41, and he was a pretty healthy guy. So why not us? Why wouldn't we beat it? We did everything the doctors told us to do, and were convinced that he'd be one of the lucky few.
He endured nine rounds of chemo, a Whipple surgery, lost fifty pounds and then lost his hair. And even then we stayed hopeful because his numbers looked good. His scans were promising. But it came back, and it came back quick. Like a crappy B horror movie with no plot, just a deadly killer that has a motive that makes no sense.
We were married for 20 years. He was my best friend. I miss him every single day.
I’ve stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. Will you help me rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?
Every dollar that you give ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients.
Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join me in the fight today.