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Love to all was posted 02/28/2003 02:00 pm by Jacki
E-mail Address: jackid_99@yahoo.com

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Hello to everyone. I am so blessed that I have found this web site and all you wonderful souls to help me through this. I have not posted in quite a while but I do read everyday. Let me update you on what has been going on. I told of my 65 year young dad being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Christmas Eve Day. Since then and to date he has had two each pancreatic and liver biopsies. After each one he had terrible complications and had to be admitted to the hospital for three days. To make somewhat of a long story short, we have been told that his pancreatic cancer mets to his liver and bloodstream. When dad asked the doctor how much time he dad the doctor told my dad maybe a year. But when I got the doctor alone and asked him realistically how much time my dad had, he told me that if the gemzar works it may be a year, but maybe only 4 months. Dad's first CA19-9 reading was a little over 5,000 on December 24. Two weeks later it was 14,500 and last week it was back down to a little over 5,000. He is on his second three week round of gemzar. Now to throw another monkey wrench into this whole situation, just as we were trying to learn everything about my dad, my mom was having some problems. Six weeks ago she started undergoing cancer testing for ovarian cancer. I didn't think I would make it through the two week period waiting for the results to come back on her. The doctors found cysts on each one of her ovaries. Last week we found out that she does not have cancer but her ovaries have to come out before the cysts turn into cancer later in life. Her surgery is scheduled for March 17. For the past two weeks we have had lots of company to visit my dad. Relatives from Florida were here for a week and my brother who lives in Colorado was here for almost two weeks along with his children ages 10 years and 2 years. The 2 year old was my constent shadow for two weeks, which was a wonderful diversion for awhile. When folks ask me how my dad is I find it hard to answer that question because truly he has good days and bad days, so that is how I answer and adding that we go one day at a time. I will be looking out for him for the next couple of days. My mom who has asthma very bad, is in the hospital with pneumonia, the third time since Christmas. I am sorry that I have not updated everyone, but we have been through so much in the past two months, it has been like a dream. I've been trying to do everything with my parents while also working a full time job, taking care of my nine year old and helping my husband run our restaurant business. Please understand that I need each of you in my life right now and I will try to be better at updating in a more timely fashion, but I do read each posting every day. Rainmaker, how are you? You are truly an inspiration to me!!! I will close with one of my favorite sayings - Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much. My love to all. Jacki

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