My life dramatically changed on January 10, 2005, when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I was a 68-year-old non-smoker, non-drinker. I was also very active, running an average of 30 miles a week. Knowing so little about this type of cancer, my family encouraged me to go to a larger teaching hospital to have a procedure call the Whipple. The surgery was a success! My doctors contributed my remarkable recovery to my active lifestyle, which was definitely an asset.
Pancreatic cancer is not an easy diagnosis to live with. As of January 10, 2010, I am a five year survivor. I have looked to the Lord for strength and encouragement for the last five years more than ever. I feel truly blessed to be a survivor, although I truly hurt for those who have not been as fortunate as I, and have lost their battle. Each day I hope and pray that there will be a way to detect the disease early and have better treatment options available for all who are facing pancreatic cancer. This is why I am not only a survivor, but I am also a volunteer and an advocate for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I feel by working together, we can make a difference!