Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day

United States
November 13, 2015 6:28am CST
The end of July of 2009 my father was having stomach issues. He went to the doctor and with a few tests it was determined he had Pancreatic Cancer. The doctor gave him a year to live. He was a very organized person and he got busy making sure all of his records and financial information was up to date. I live 800 miles away so it was up to my sister and her husband to sit with him and go over all the documents in preparation. The middle of August my husband and I went to New Jersey to 'keep an eye on him' as he was afraid of being alone. He barely ate, soup and only a few sips is what he existed on. Early September the doctor said he couldn't live alone any longer and was transferred to the care center of his retirement village. He wasn't happy about that but in a few days he adjusted until he had a stroke. That was the beginning of the end. He came out of that episode blind. Within a few days he was gone. A year? No more like 6 weeks. Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day - I'm aware of it, but I wish I didn't have to be.
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
13 Nov 15
Pancreatic really is one of the worst cancers to get and one for which there has been the least progress in the past 50 or so years. I'm very sorry for your loss. These 'time lines' are only ever guesses and I'm sorry your dad's was so much shorter.
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• United States
13 Nov 15
thanks, it is one of the worst cancers. I will never know for sure if the doc really said a year, or if that's just what I was told since I wasn't there.
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@sofssu (14448)
13 Nov 15
So sorry for your loss.. I lost my dad to lung cancer when I was twelve.. I have had too many losses to this terrible disease.. I posted a poem on cancer I had written earlier yesterday.
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• United States
13 Nov 15
I think everyone is or has been touched by cancer of a friend or relative. I never knew about this type until my father had it.
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@sofssu (14448)
13 Nov 15
@AbbyGreenhill The more aware we are the more we can keep these at bay.
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• United States
13 Nov 15
@sofssu Let's hope so!
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
14 Nov 15
both I lost this year to cancer ran a bit like that, diagnosed out of nowhere, and then gone in a blink of an eye, super sad! Glad you could see him again before the end.
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• United States
14 Nov 15
I'm glad to - and to be honest I didn't want to go but glad I did.
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Nov 15
@AbbyGreenhill did that with my uncle, and he was done in 2 weeks
@1creekgirl (11438)
• United States
14 Nov 15
I am so sorry about your dad. I know you miss him.
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• United States
14 Nov 15
Thanks, yes, sometimes I still think both of my parents are safe and sound watching TV and talking!
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@marlina (76664)
• Canada
13 Nov 15
So sorry to read about your Dad. That cancer is a very fast one.
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• United States
13 Nov 15
Thanks, yes fast and very difficult.
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