Losing a loved one leaves an emptiness in the heart that only a person who has experienced the same loss can fully understand. Seeing my mom go from being the strong woman, chopping down tree branches, to a person who could barely walk and talk due to her organ failure was heartbreaking.
When she was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, her eyes and skin quickly turned bright yellow, she vomited every time she tried to eat, her stomach growled from the hunger of not having food in her system, the excruciating pain she endured when her organs were shutting down, the constant unsuccessful IV needle attempts due to lack of hydration were just some of what my mom had to go through.
125 days ago, I lost my mother to the most unrelenting, aggressive cancer known to man, pancreatic cancer.
Everyday I think about her and how Mason and I were going to have an amazing summer this year with memories filled with moments at Disneyland, beaches, zoos, and parks,but now, it’s only a dream.
My mom lost her battle to this horrible disease a little under 3 months and she saw her doctor regularly. This cancer is often misdiagnosed because rarely are there any symptoms before reaching stage 4.
Please help me raise money to fund research toward the world’s toughest cancer. Any amount will help me reach my goal and a step forward in helping people with this type of cancer. We need to do better and there should be a better way to detect this horrific disease before it’s too late.
I will be walking the Purple Stride on November 17 in memory of my mom and to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in raising money for research and providing patient support. Coincidently, November is also Pancreatic awareness month, so please donate and join me in a great cause to support this cancer network.