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My beautiful mother, warrior, & best friend, Mama Dee, transitioned from this earthly life after a hard fought battle with metastatic Pancreatic cancer. My brothers & I thank everyone for the love, support, prayers, & encouragement they’ve shared with us & our mother over the duration of her battle.
Why I Stride (28 Jul 18)
What a difference a year makes. My heart is filled with so much pain and sadness. On 26 May 2018, our warrior Mama Dee lost her hard fault battle with metastatic Pancreatic Cancer. She was strong and graceful to the very end. We shared some good times in her last few months, lots of Eskimo kisses (trying to get Daddy in on these), lays potato chips and oatmeal pies, my hopes and dreams, her hopes for me. We celebrated her half birthday in the winter and our birthdays in April instead of July with piggy back rides and a fun smash cake photo shoot. Even as I grieve I can’t help but think of those suffering alone and/or without a daughter to encourage living life to the fullest. I think of those in oncology wards alone. I think of those without a big sister to dedicate their lives to being a caregiver. I think of those without sons to come and keep up their homes. I think of those without advocates to remember the details, ask the hard questions, fight for them and ensure they receive the best care possible. Because of these thoughts and my love for my own mommy, I’m committed to helping to ensure we reduce the pain and suffering of those who will also face this deadly disease. Mommy suffered more than most could ever comprehend. Please help my family raise awareness and show support for all of those how have lost their fight and are still in the fight. A less than 9% survival rate is unacceptable. By making donations to our team, or joining our team, and/or wearing your ribbons and talking about this disease with those who will listen, you are supporting efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020.
Catch Team Mama Dee in a city near you. Come volunteer, walk, run, laugh and/or cry with me (if that’s what you need to do). Let me know if you need sign up links.
PurpleStride MD, 7 Oct 18 (Volunteering)
PurpleStride Louisiana (NOLA), 4 Nov 18 (Walking)
PurpleStride Sacramento, 10 Nov 18 (Walking)
PurpleStride Atlanta, 17 Nov 18 (Volunteering)
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Of course if you support the causes I support, I’m all about paying it forward. Please let me know if you need an extra set of hands, listening ear, or anything else as you work to support your own philanthropic efforts and I got you .
Mama Dee’s Chocolate Chip (aka daughter)
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Why I Stride (posted 7 Jun 17)
Shortly after I posted about why I Stride in May 2017, we learned that unfortunately seven months after my mom finished radiation and chemo there has been a reoccurrence of the cancer. She is mentally preparing for another round of aggressive chemo that will start right after this event. I will continue to Stride for my mother and all others affected by this terrible disease I pray they all have the strength to continue the fight to survive. Thank you all for your love and support.
Why I Stride Initial Post (28 May 17):
My mother has been sick off and on for years. I can even remember hospital stays for her during my 2012 deployment. But it didn't end there, there have been multiple hospital stays and surgeries over the last several years but she just didn't get better. Finally in 2016, while I was stationed abroad she was diagnosed with stage II ampullary cancer, a rare form of pancreatic cancer. It was devastating to have a parent so sick but to be so far away. I couldn't fathom losing her, we weren't done living. I was there with her when she had a whipple procedure where 60% of her pancreas (along with other stuff) was removed. The surgery was invasive and hard, but she didn't give up. There were many more months of hospital stays...complications...any and everything happened. Finally in the late spring/early summer of 2016 she was able to begin an aggressive chemotherapy/radiation treatment plan. Thank God for technology I was able to video chat in on her appointments. Late in the fall of 2016 she completed treatment! The road to recovery has been and will continue to be hard. There are good days and not so good days. She knows what loss from this disease looks like having lost her little brother to it only a couple of years before her diagnosis. My mommy is so strong, even when she wanted to give up she didn't. She pushes herself and I have faith that God will keep her here as we have a lot more life to live, laughs to have, and trips to take.
Last year she couldn't participate in the event so I did it for her, this year we'll walk it together and God willing next year maybe we'll run it together! If you're in the D.C. area on 10 June please join us at the event. If you can't make it feel free to sign up as a virtual strider or to make a donation.
The survival rate for this deadly disease is less that 9% and has affected my family greatly. Awareness and research are greatly needed to help combat this disease and increase survival rates. Take care of each other.
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