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!

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