I was diagnosed on September 30, 2013 with a tumor in the head of the pancreas with blood vessel involvement, but no spread to other organs. Non-resectable. Since then I have had treatment with a combination of three chemotherapy drugs for several months for 4-5 hours every two weeks, followed by 46 hours of being on a chemotherapy pump. I then had radiation over 6 weeks. Then I had more chemotherapy, this time a combination of two chemotherapy drugs for 2 months. My CA 19-9 marker kept going down and is currently 45.
Through all of this I kept a very positive and hopeful attitude. I have seven great kids who have been there for me, along with my dear friends, colleagues, and even strangers. I have made it to this point without too bad of an effect on my life! In one week I will have the Whipple procedure (modified) now that my shrinking tumor is resectable. Please stay strong, have faith, and keep a positive attitude! I’ll be in touch and give you all an update before Christmas! In it to win it!