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    Hello Hmckay, Welcome to WhatNext a great website where you can find someone who is on the same cancer journey as yourself or your spouse. Who is it? Your husband or your wife? I myself am an 18 year, stage IV, pancreatic cancer survivor. So you see this disease, stage IV pancreatic cancer can be beat. I was diagnosed in October 2000 at age 56. I received 24/7 chemo for 5 weeks non-stop, and radiation 5 days a week, during the same 5 weeks...it was brutal. Then they told me they were going to give me another round of chemo...I said "no way!" They told me to go home and think about it and they would call me. Well when they called I said ok...what was the alternative? This time it was only one day a week for 3 hours in the hospital for 9 weeks. Hang in there and don't give up hope. Hope is the last candle fluttering in the darkness while all the others have gone out. People ask me how I did it. It was my persistence and determination. It was all the cards, and emails from family and friends, and from people I didn't even know. I would be foolish to think there was not some Devine intervention as well. My surgery involved the removal of 40% of my pancreas, my entire spleen, a slice of my left kidney and 5 lymph nodes. The cancer spread to only one of those lymph nodes. Since I lost so much of my pancreas I became an instant diabetic. My digestive system was a problem for 10 years. There were many times I would have a bowel movement in my pants while I was out. It was very humiliating, and an embarrassment as well. I believe my bowel movement problem was a result of having 24 hours of chemo for 5 weeks, and radiation as well. Take care and hang in there... Russ

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    Hello Patsy123, Welcome to WhatNext...a great website where you may be able to find someone who is on the same cancer journey as yourself. I myself am an 18 year, stage IV, pancreatic cancer survivor. So you see this disease can be beat. Never give up hope...hope is the last candle fluttering in the darkness while all the others have gone out. Those of us here at WhatNext will keep the candle of hope lit for you. If you have any questions go to the top of your profile page and click on QUESTIONS. My best to you...Russ

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    Russ wrote on Hancha's wall

    Hello Hancha, Welcome to WhatNext a great website to find others who may be on the same cancer journey. I myself am an 18 year pancreatic cancer survivor. So you see this disease can be beat. Just never give up hope...it is the last candle fluttering in the darkness while all the others have gone out. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it is the candle of hope. My best to you and your family...Russ