Our family's battle with Pancreatic Cancer began in 2001 when my mom had a whipple performed to remove a tumor on her pancreas. Not much was known about Pancreatic cancer, in fact when the doctors removed the tumor and didn't find any evidence of it spreading they were content that nothing else was needed. In the summer of 2003, my mom suspected that the tumor came back because she was having the same pains she had before in her abdomen, but was told her pancreas was fine, but the cancer had spread to her esophagus and lungs, and to make her funeral arrangements. My mom lost her battle on June 22, 2004.
Several years later, my oldest brother had issues with yellowing of the eyes and was scheduled have exploratory surgery, thinking it was his gallbladder, but when he woke up, he was faced with the devastating news, he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. My sister in law researched everything about studies, and different treatments, My brother tried everything, whipple, radiation, chemo.... He was always putting on a happy face for his family, and always positive even when the treatments he did would stop working.
In the fall of 2018, my oldest brother knew he wasn't winning the battle, but his faith in God, and his family, kept his spirits up. My brother and sister in laws comfort song through this journey was "Even If" by Mercy Me. My brother after a 51/2 year hard fought battle, was called home on December 17, 2018.
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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