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My Mom, Toby, age 57, dx with PC in 2000, dx with pancreantitis 1997. Mom
had a birth defect, only one duct instead of 2 in her pancreas, causing the
minor duct to have blockages, which gave her the acute pancreantitis pain.
Because of the one duct, she had to go to an expert ERCP surgeon, Dr. Martin,
at Maine Medical. He did the 12 or more ERCP's to unblock her ducts. She
became jaundice, a blockage in her bile duct, and that is when she finally
decided to have the whipple done, so to end the pancreatits pain.
underwent the whipple surgery in June of 2000. This is when we found a
small 1cm tumor mark at the incision line. She then had 5FU and radiation
with success. She was cancer-free for 6 months. We found it back again in
Jan of 2002, 2 cm this time, no mets, and she went to Dr. Bruckner, Brooklyn
NY, who suggested a 5 chemo cocktail (Gemzar, Cisplatin, Camptosar and 5FU
plus one more) 2x weekly for 6 months. She tolerated this aggressive chemo
as well as could be expected - had numerous transfusions. This gave her
another year, we believe.
She went to Staten Island Hospital for Radiostatic Surgery.
December 2002 she went on a 14 day cruise with my father. She was
healthy, and eating normally, enjoying life and buying jewelry and swimming
and having a wonderful pain-free time. The minute she stepped off the boat,
we had more problems.
tumor had metastacized to the liver. She died June 19, 10:30am,
surrounded by her husband and her two children. Just the way she wanted it
loved bingo and casinos, QVC and shopping. She would stop a stranger on
the street just to chat. She had a vitality for life that was strong. She
loved her family. She loved her children, and ached for grandchildren, to
spoil. She loved her husband, she used to tell me she loved him more than
the day they got married. She would do anything for her family. And she
smiled all the time. Even on her worst days, she would still smile when her
children walked in the door.
She made it long enough to see her son become a member of the Union our
family has been in for generations. She made it long enough to meet and
enjoy the company of a very special man in her daughter's life.
Her funeral was attended by 500+ people. She touched so many lives. She is
now with her parents in heaven, watching down on us. Love you Mom. Until we
Posted 07/04/2003 03:30 pm by Meredith
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