Dad, (Ernesto) was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer April 2017. His fight was a long and hard one. To start Dad was diagnosed with Guillen-Barre in 2004. This left him with limited strength and a right leg he couldn't use. Walking for him took a great deal of strength and left him exhausted; he was limited to his wheelchair for mobility. We assumed Guillen-Barre was his last and only fight for life. Suffering from back and leg pain in his last years of life, he and doctors thought it was due to his Guillen-Barre. Dad was prescribed pain pills and dealt with the pain the best he could.
On April 8th, 2017 I made a visit to him in Nogales, Mexico. He looked yellow and his stomach was swollen. Without hesitation I took him to the hospital. I was not thinking in any way that it could be cancer…until his blood work came back. Dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer April 12th, 2017. This vicious cancer had already spread to other organs; the prognosis was beyond bad. Dad was discharged April 13th, 2017 and sent home. The best that could be done was to treat his pain with medications – pain management. Adding to an already difficult situation, finding hospice care was almost non-existent in Mexico. In his last days he was cared for by his family and a night nurse. Dad passed away April 19th, 2017 in Nogales, Mexico in his home.
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination.
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