• How has Pancreatic Cancer Affected You and your loved ones?

    Asked by cb456 on Sunday, February 17, 2013

    How has Pancreatic Cancer Affected You and your loved ones?

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    • JMS's Avatar
      JMS

      cb456 - to respond to your question about how family and friends have reacted, this has varied, mostly according to where I was in the treatments and how I was faring. When I was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, not only was I shocked, but my 2 daughters were simply floored. Initially, they were both convinced that they would lose their mothers within a few months. The rest of my family and close friends had the same fears - and so did I. My doctors also quoted dismal survival stats to me (like a 4% statistical chance of surviving for 5 years). However, I opted for surgery (which was mostly - but not entirely - successful) and the most aggressive treatment protocols possible (which really are fairly standard at this point: IV chemo; radiation/chemo combined; and a longer period of IV chemo). I've just completed the treatments and expect to have my first scan within the next few weeks. As I've progressed through treatments, my family has become more and more encouraged that I might survive. We all know the reverse might be true, but, collectively, we've all tried to adopt the most positive spin possible on the situation. Certainly for whatever time I have left, I want to enjoy life as much as I can and remain as positive as I can. I'm convinced that attitude has a lot to do with recovery. Hope this helps, at least a bit. I'd be happy to answer any other questions. JMS

      over 4 years ago
    • tibby150's Avatar
      tibby150

      well it was pretty much a wake up call for me.Made me realize what's important in this life. I truly feel for me pancreatic cancer is caused by stress. I believe I allowed it to eat away at my pancreas-marriage problems. Therefore, without getting into my ewy mess I am trying to find peace and happiness .I have been homeschooling my kids for the last 15 years so the thought of abruptly leaving everyone was not ever a consideration. My kids suddenly became little workers everyone doing jobs around the house. My family and friends took over.For me it's all good...we are all here for only a short time anyway...cancer has a way of making you focus on what's important before we leave. I'm not planning on leaving anytime soon....i had the whipple surgery almost 2 years ago and i truly am becoming a more focused person.

      over 4 years ago
    • Russ' Avatar
      Russ

      In answering your question..."has pancreatic cancer affected you and your loved ones?" Any type of cancer can affect you and your loved ones...it doesn't have to be pancreatic cancer. The major difference between the different types of cancers is the success rate of survival. That in itself could have an affect on you and your family. It is depending on how soon it was caught and how well you react to treatments. Sure pancreatic cancer does not have very good survival statistics, but it can be beat. I myself am a 12 year pancreatic cancer survivor. I made it a point of defying, with a passion, everything that this disease tried to do to me. It has been a long difficult battle. In fact I wrote a book called my "Cancer Journey." It is about my life pre-cancer and post-cancer as well as my struggles during cancer. Never bothered to have it published...there are just too many steps in working on editing for one that can be costly, and still there is no guarantee that the book will be published.
      Take care, and keep the faith,
      Russ

      about 4 years ago
    • tibby150's Avatar
      tibby150

      I would like to read your book Russ

      about 4 years ago

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