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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 "normal" life.


Posted 01/31/2001 12:56 pm by suzanne
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