In September of 2012 I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer that had metastasized. I was given the average, 6 to 12 months. I told the doctor, “I am not average; I'll set my own statistics.” Being the first person in our family to be diagnosed with cancer and given a timeline, it shook our family to the core. We have come to realize how precious life is and how it can change in a heartbeat. It changed what we considered our priorities. When we educated ourselves about the statistics of pancreatic cancer, my wife, children and I decided to fight for awareness, funding and a cure through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
I started chemotherapy and a combination of four drugs in November. To date, I have received 15 rounds of chemotherapy. It knocks me down, but I refuse to stay there. I fight back and so far I have no complaints. The side effects are tolerable so far, but it is cumulative. Every day we thank God for another chance to live. We are blessed in this life and we live each day to its fullest. If it weren't for cancer my life would be perfect; if it weren't for cancer would I even know it?