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There is Hope.

May 31, 2016 - 1 comments

May 14th made 1 year since I received the pancreatic cancer diagnosis.  The tumor was Stage 1B (T2 NØ MØ) and I decided to have surgery as soon as possible.  The tumor was well defined enough and had no involvement, so I needed no chemo or radiation before surgery.

On June 2nd last year, from initial cut to final staple, I underwent a pylorus preserving Whipple procedure. In the pathology report the tumor was Stage 2B (T3 NX MØ) with 4 of 29 lymph nodes and 1 nerve suspected a involved, no other spread.

From July 14th to December 22nd I underwent chemo therapy (2 weeks on - 1 week labs) with Zophran for nausea and Gemzar for anti-cancer effects.

Staples came out at 3 weeks, chemo started at 6 weeks and I was back to work part time at 9 weeks.

I am fortunate and can eat much the same as I did beforehand.  I lost over 40 pounds and have regained 10.

Main lingering effects are tiredness, aches and mil constipation.

My results are not typical, but ARE possible.

Pip sick...

Apr 26, 2015 - 25 comments

Am in the hospital (Anita brought me my laptop).
Have jaundice, without pain.
Blocked bile duct, got a stent put in on Friday.
Liver levels not yet near enough normal, may be in the rest of the week.

June Foray Documentary

Jan 18, 2013 - 0 comments

The attached photo was taken at a reception 16 January 2013 during the reception preceding the screening of a documentary about her life and work, which was done by Gavin Freitas.  The photo was taken by Dave Nimitz.

Article at Mark Evanier's site about the event.

3 weeks in...

Sep 15, 2012 - 2 comments

Well, yesterday (14 Sept 2012) was the end of Anita's 3rd week in the new job for the US Navy in southern Maryland, also her 1st payday.

She seems to be settling in there okay, but real estate is a BIG sticker shock.  Looks like we'll be spending twice what we did in 1996 to get something comparable.

Hope to join her in 3 - 4 weeks, might even have a job at one of the stores my employer has in the area.