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    You are far too young to have PC, but so am I (I am 70). Despite a lot of work over many years, we have a type of cancer that rarely goes away, and the survival rate has not improved in many years. So, what to do?

    First, listen carefully to what the doctors advise. But do not blindly accept it. Read, research, and see what makes sense. Think about what it costs you and your family, financially, emotionally, and in all ways. There must be a balance.

    Discuss openly with friends your feelings and your status. Often they say things that improve one/s outlook. There are a few patients out there who have survived a long time and have comments and advice. I have survived 10 months so far, and fell little if any worse than in the beginning. For the first few weeks, it was on my mind continuously. Now, it is just there, and I seldom really think of it.

    Try to do all you can, and particularly the things you especially like. For me, I do these things even if it does not correspond to the medical advice.

    Your personal faith, your outlook on life, is very important. I spend a lot of time reading and reviewing what I think, what I know, and what I believe. Each person has his own agenda.

    Sam

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      TracyLynne

      Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to post to a complete stranger! :) My cousin referred me to this site as she found it very helpful while she was battling colon cancer (she is in remission!).

      I felt self pity for only a split second when I received my diagnosis... I had woke up in severe pain and had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance... It was there that the ER doctor informed me I had PC... I was actually supposed to get the results 3 days later... I actually shouldn't even be diagnosed yet... An eagle eyed young doctor noticed something on an ultrasound for my gall bladder and ordered a bunch of tests... And here I am... :)

      I am having surgery Friday... It was supposed to take 6 - 8 weeks before I could get it, but they had a cancellation and offered me the spot... :) I'm feeling very confident about it and my spirits are high! I will be in the hospital for about 2 weeks and will start chemo treatments after the surgery....

      I'm still in the process of researching as it's only been a week since my diagnosis... I have a long road ahead of me, but I'm very strong and determined to become one of the survivors!!

      Thank you again for your words! I will keep you posted, and I want you to promise to keep ME posted! :)

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      It is great that you are having quick surgery. That provides the best outcomes. I had no pain at all, except the jaundice condition, and general dull feeling. That alerted me to the disease. My surgery did not work, since it had spread to the liver already and then it is against their protocol to proceed.

      I will pray for good results for you. Keep up the fine attitude, as all agree that is very important.

      Sam

      over 5 years ago
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