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Reply was posted 04/01/2010 04:08 pm by Jonathan
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I don't know how inspirational I am but I do manage to stay in a positive frame of mind most of the time. I'm also not what I would call a long term survivor, I was diagnosed @ 15 months ago. I can share some amazing news though, and maybe a suggestion to help avoid the blues. I have been involved with the local affiliate of PANCAN since a month or so after my diagnosis. Sometimes it's a little embarrassing because they treat us survivors like royalty and it seems like every contact I have with one of the members makes me feel good. Most of the people involved are there because they lost a loved one to PC, on my first contact to find out about the monthly meeting I was asked 'What's your connection to PC?' I stammered a bit and said 'Well, it's in my pancreas' We have had a PurpleStride walk here and are looking forward to our 2nd annual PurpleLinks golf tournament next month. There has also been a lot of discussion about the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day at Busch stadium on Aug 13th, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs. I got a phone call yesterday from the organizer of the event asking if I would be interested in throwing out the first pitch at this game. I was dumbfounded but managed to tell her how much I would love to do it, and how much this would mean to my family who are all big Cardinal fans.

I firmly believe that attitude plays a part in how my body responds to this, and made up my mind that I have cancer, it doesn't have me. That thought in itself has helped me focus on how I want to live, what I want to do. This beast will take over every aspect of my life if I let it, I choose not to be controlled by PC.

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