Survivor Story: Karin Dagner-Fellows
I was diagnosed in January, 2013 with pancreatic cancer. I had just finished training for a new job and was going to start the day that I noticed I was jaundiced. I was hospitalized that same day. A CT scan showed a tumor in my pancreas that had metastasized; I had two spots on my liver. My family and I remained in shock through all the procedures, but we were all very supportive of each other. Chemotherapy took its toll on me, as I could not eat or drink. Eventually my cancer doctor put me on a "vacation" and then reduced the dose of chemotherapy. After four more chemotherapy infusions (I went every other Monday), my CT scan showed 50% reduction of my liver spots and no tumor growth. I was given another "vacation.” I have now been off of chemotherapy for 10 weeks. The last CT scan showed that I was stable. What has touched me the most, is the power of prayer from family and friends, the support of my three sons, learning that "one day at a time" is so important, and keeping a positive attitude. I am so lucky and so grateful for each morning I wake up.
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