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I already filled in a biography under 'My Husband John', but this will be an
update (10/15/04). John was diagnosed March 8, 2004 with Stage IVB pancreatic
cancer with liver metastases. Up until that point, he had had no signs of
illness at all except for 3-4 days of mild stomach discomfort. Since March,
our lives have all but turned upside down, although now we just live from day
to day, hoping that he can stay with us for a while yet. On 10/29, he will
celebrate his 65th birthday, and I would guess that this will be his last
one. I don't konw if he'll be here at Christmas time. He is very calm,
usually, and just going about his life as best he can. He has been remarkable
in his patience and fortitude. I can't imagine how he's really feeling, what
it must be like to be him right now.
He has had Gemzar and Cis-Platinum and now has been switched to GTX, although
he can't take the treatment a lot of the time because his blood counts are so
very low. He is exhausted, very thin, and while he went for seven months with
no pain, and relatively normal energy, he's in pain now and his morphine has
been increased to the point where he's a little disoriented. He no longer
drives, he's retired, and life is just radically different at our house since
his diagnosis. I hope all of you will pray for him, for our family, and for
an ultimate cure for this horrible disease. Thank you.
Posted 10/15/2004 10:32 am by Susannah
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