Diagnosed - Tamara

Oh No Associated with Pancreatic Cancer. Posted on January 10, 2012 View this journey (2 Experiences)

My mom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer October 21, 2011. This was the day my life completley turned upside down. I had just gotten engaged two weeks before and thought it was the happiest time in my life. Little did I know, in two weeks my life would change forever. October 19, my mom had told me she stayed from work because her stomach hurt. When I went to bring her ginger ale for her stomach, I noticed immediatley the jaundice in her eyes and skin. I had just seen her a few days before and could not believe the rapid change. We took her to the hospital, and it was confirmed. November 2nd, she went in for her whipple procedure, which did not go well, as the tumor is wrapped around her blood vessel. She is now in her 3rd week of a combo of chemo and radiation. I am not optimistic and feel myself drowning. I am an only child and do not speak with my dad and am going absolutley crazy. All I want to do is cry, drink, and sleep.

  • joyce's Avatar

    When my husband was 1st diagnosed I couldn't quit crying. I knew I needed help but couldn't even call my doctor. I finally texted my son and asked him to come be with me and with him there I was able to call the doctor, who prescribed Ativan, which is an anti-anxiety. I can identify with your desire to only cry, drink and sleep. If it lasts more than a week or so, you should probably talk to your doctor and see if there is an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety that would help. It might help your mom, too.

    almost 9 years ago
  • greghull's Avatar

    Hi Tamara,

    My name is Greg and I am very sorry to hear about your mom. Unfortunately, I am on this message board for the same reason as you and I understand exactly what you are feeling. My mom is 64 and she was diagnosed with Stage III pancreatic cancer one day before my birthday on July 18, 2011. Our surgery did not go very well either, but she has been responding very well to chemotherapy, so I am extremely hopeful that things can turn around for her.

    I just wanted to let you know that I was touched by your post and I am praying for your mother. Try to stay positive around her and make her laugh as much as you can. And remember that just because the surgery was not successful doesn't mean that your fight is over. I read all the time about long-term survivors who were unable to remove the cancer with surgery. Let me know if you have any questions for me.

    almost 9 years ago

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