My mother, Mary Ann, was diagnosed on Monday, February 27, 2012. On February 8, 2013 she was cancer free. 2012 was a very trying year. It all began with a trip to her primary care physician due to severe abdominal pain. She compared it to that of a gallbladder attack. Her gallbladder was removed years prior. Her doctor’s original suspicion was diverticulitis, and he feared she had a blockage so he immediately sent her for a CT scan.
She didn’t make it through the front door of her home when she got a call from her doctor to come into the office. The findings were shocking: an 8 cm mass on the tail of her pancreas. Surgery for partial removal of her pancreas and her spleen was the first step, followed by a regimen of radiation and chemotherapy. At one point, chemotherapy was administered 24 hours a day for 5 days, for 5 weeks. Pancreatic cancer has such a devastating effect. Very few are as lucky as my mother…but it does happen!