Seven and-a-half years ago my mother, Pia, was diagnosed with stage III pancreatic cancer. She was 58 when diagnosed with this devastating disease. Through sheer will power, determination, and a positive outlook on life, my mother has surpassed extraordinary hurdles. She has endured surgery (twice), chemotherapy (many different kinds, and is currently on one of these chemotherapy drugs for the second time), radiation therapy, proton therapy, several different trials and many, many ERCPs. But my mother (and father) continue to do ongoing research, gain insight and knowledge from doctors and symposiums, and lean on friends and family for love, support, and help when necessary.
In the last couple of years, the cancer has spread to her stomach, bile duct area and liver, but she continues to fight for her life. Her recent PET scan showed that the cancer is gone from her liver! Every step counts! Our family and friends are in awe of her strength and desire to continue to fight this disease no matter what obstacles come her way. My mom is such a constant inspiration to others. She is always there to speak to someone about their recent diagnosis (no matter what kind of cancer they get), making sure that they know that there is always hope! She started the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Affiliate at Tyler Park in Bucks County, PA. She is also an annual fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research.
Although my mom is currently fighting cancer and dealing with tremendous stomach issues, she maintains her positive spirit by keeping active in the community as well as with her children and grandchildren. This is one 65 year old woman people would want to meet, befriend, and be connected to. She is a true inspiration to her family and friends and is currently making people believe that miracles do happen.