December 9, 2021 is a day that changed our family forever. After a couple of months of just feeling "off" and increasing abdominal and back pain, we found out that I had a large tumor growing on the tail of my pancreas. We heard the words "large mass" and "cancer", and we were terrified.
We were even more terrified after speaking with various oncologists and learning what the odds were. It all seemed like a bad dream. I was the type of person who might get one cold a year. How could this be happening?
We allowed ourselves time to grieve and to come to terms with our new reality, and then we decided to get to work to start the fight. I began my first round of chemotherapy less than three weeks after my diagnosis, and I haven't slowed down since. I don't even know how many rounds of chemotherapy I have had. The side effects are less than desirable, but ultimately treatment is buying me more time. My hope is that while I'm buying myself more time with my family and friends, better treatments and research will be done to put an end to pancreatic cancer.
We’re going to help make progress, with your support.
Our team is participating in PanCAN’s PurpleStride, a year-round national movement that funds lifechanging programs and services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families.
Every dollar you give means more patients can benefit from PanCAN’s free, one-on-one support, personalized information, service and resources that can make a real difference in their lives.
Please join our team as a participant, or make a gift of any size to get us one step closer to our fundraising goal and improving more patients’ lives. You can donate to a team member or make a general donation to the team.
Patients and families need us now more than ever.
Thank you for your support!