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SUZANNE'S MOM MARY
My mom, 66, was dx with pc Oct. 25, 2000. She had the Whipple in Nov. at
Bowman Gray in Winston Salem. The tumor was really close to the veins and
she had 2 of 7 lymph nodes involved--no other spread. She was in the
hospital for 15 days. Some of those days were really hard on her, but she is
glad she had the surgery. It was a stressful and scary time for all of us—my
brother, sister, and I. We were nicknamed the helicopter kids by her surgeon
because we hovered around her. She is still working out the magic
combination for getting her stomach working right. Our step father died
just a year before the dx and Mama lives alone. We kids are a bit spread
out. My brother, Charles is in Virginia, my sister, Elizabeth, about 2 hours
away and I, Suzanne, live in Alaska. Mama has had one round of Gemzar and
is now going through radiation and 5FU. She is doing well, has a great
attitude and a lot of faith. She tries to walk everyday the weather permits.
Before pc, she was very active and is looking forward to returning to a more
Posted 01/31/2001 12:56 pm by suzanne
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