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merry christmas pancan warrior was posted 12/25/2013 10:01 am by rhiannon
E-mail Address: reinkemk@yahoo.com

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wishing my fellow pancreatic cancer warriors a very very very merry christmas! I started following this board when my dad was diagnosed last year right after thanksgiving and it has offered countless indispensable pieces of advice and information. I can't begin to express my gratitude. this board is a blessing and helped aid me along the whirlwind drama that a pancreatic cancer diagnosis puts you in. immediately following my dad's diagnosis he retired from practicing medicine and spent the past year living life to the fullest. He had a great year filled with many memories, laughter and smiles spent with family and friends. At the beginning of november he started experiencing the all to familiar extreme abdominal pain. We were hoping that with treatment as he started his clinical trial in Madison the pain would subside, but after receiving his first round of treatment, it was discovered that the cancer had spread and he would no longer qualify as a candidate. On December 13 the decision was made to withdraw my dad from treatment and bring in hospice to our home... and focus on making him as comfortable as possible. It has been over two weeks now and my Dad is on his final days. last night we celebrated Christmas Eve in the living room with Dad surrounded by organized chaos. Even though he is unconscious we still believe he can hear the laughter and bantering. We are so blessed that we can still enjoy his presence during this memorable time of year.

Many many prayers and hugs to all of you pancan warriors...past and present.

to read about my dads entire journey feel free to visit his caringbridge : http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/markreinke



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