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As 2016 comes to a close, I am thankful to have more knowledge about fighting this disease, and to have found that there is a community of supporters out there, to share knowledge and stories of hope.
Earlier this December, I was walked across the Golden Gate Bridge with the Lustgarten Foundation as part of its annual 2016 PC Research Walk and raised over $2k in honor of my father's fight. My heart was full with hope as there were several SURVIVORS (including a 9 year survivor) participating in the walk, showing that there is indeed life after PC. I was so honored to be a participant in this event, and plan to participate annually.
As we head into 2017, I am happy to be able to share an update on my Dad to offer hope to other's just beginning their journey with PC, or who are in the midst of treatment, and all of the uncertainties that come with this disease.
He's 4-months post-Whipple surgery and just completed two months of Gemzar/Xeloda chemotherapy following his Stage IIB diagnosis. He tolerated the chemotherapy relatively well, and is nearly as active as as he was prior to surgery working in his home office, going to the gym, working on household projects, and eating as normally as possible.
He just his first post-chemo PET scan, and I am so grateful to report that his scan results showed, 'No Evidence of Disease' and his CA 19-9 decreased from 26 to 10. The oncologists are very pleased with these results too.
This news feels next to miraculous! I know this journey is not over, and fighting PC will probably be part of my family's new 'normal', but I feel like we're in the best possible position for now, and for the first time feel HOPEFUL that we're on the right track with his course of treatment.
He is still scheduled to begin a combination radiation/chemo therapy treatment in mid-January, followed by another Gemzar/Zeloda cycle through April.
Sending my most sincere wishes for good health, strength, and courage to each of you affected by PC. Here's to a HEALTHY and HAPPY 2017! (I have a whole new appreciation for this phrase now)
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