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While this is the first and likely only post I will make here, I was an active participant on the Pancreas-onc email list. My Wife of a little over a year, Cynthia Rebecca Henderson Nenzel passed at approximately 1:20 PM on Friday March 29th.
She fought the disease for a year and three months after the diagnosis through various chemotherapies and radiotherapy. Her love of life not allowing her to give in to dispair or depression: she simply accepted it and found the strength of will to keep going. I cannot begin to recount the ways in which we found to spend the time we had remaining to us joyously and actively in each others company.
She was surrounded by her entire family at the hospital and was lucid until very near the end and spoke to all of us in turn. I was holding her head when she drew her last breath and felt her pulse stop...
She wanted people to celebrate the life she lead rather than mourn her passing... I will miss her terribly as she was that piece inside of all of us that was missing... that completed me.
I suspect that her message to those that read this posting would be to cherish the time that you spend with your loved ones and to find a way each and every day to reaffirm your love of that person and for life in general through actions and deeds. Live for the moment, not in the past or on what may come.
All my best hopes to those that read this,
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