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DAD PASSED AWAY 2 weeks ago


My dad (Willard) just passed away June 28th 2005 from his 2 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old. My grandmother (92), my dad's mother was his caregiver all the way until the end. We only had Hospice for one day. It's a blessing at times he is no longer suffering and he is in a much better place. My dad was very lucky that his doctor's had found his cancer very early. This past April, was two years on his Whipple surgery. He also had a couple of surgeries for abscesses found on liver. The cancer eventually spread to his liver. My dad was a fighter all the way to the end. He also had a feeding pump for 1 1/2 years. For 2 years my dad had any/every type of experimental chemo-drug. I think the worst part for my dad was the side effects. He had so much diarrhea,itchy skin,and nausea. He probably experienced a lot of pain. But, he never complained of it. He took his first pain medicine the day before he passed away. My dad was angry that he had cancer. One thing that I think is very important is being involved with their doctors and their appointments and just spending as much time with them as possible. My dad had a great family and friends that loved and cared for him. I just had to let some of this off my chest. I wear my pancreatic bracelet everyday in remembrance of my dad. I love and miss you dad!! Your daughter Dana


Posted 07/13/2005 09:51 pm by DanaH
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