Diagnosis today and feel paralyzed but need to be there for my hubby..

Posted by cindee60 @cindee60, Nov 12, 2019

We are in Canada and just left appt where we were told brushings from my husbands bile duct near intestine are high probability of pre cancerous cells but the surgeon felt there’s a good chance it’s cancer. He says he feels the area of the cancer is removable and treatable. I understand this is bad but can anyone offer any stories of hope…? I need to be strong for my husband . Thank-you

@cindee60

When you say still working you mean your family member is doing well?

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@cindee60 We’ve not heard from you in awhile—is everything going OK? We’re concerned. Becky

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@grandpabob

Hi cindee60

Just checking on how things are going.

Are you feeling less panicked?

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Hi Bob not doing good just found out we are facing pancreatic cancer and a Whipple procedure soon so scared

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@cindee60

Hi Bob not doing good just found out we are facing pancreatic cancer and a Whipple procedure soon so scared

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@cindee60 I’m sure you both are scared with the diagnosis and treatment. Just remember, we’re all here for you if you need to scream, complain, talk, or just blow off steam. Remember, try to be positive. Becky

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@cindee60

Hi Bob not doing good just found out we are facing pancreatic cancer and a Whipple procedure soon so scared

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@cindee60 I am not going to say that you have an easy road ahead of you. I want you to know that not everyone qualifies for a Whipple. If the cancer was too far advanced, the doctors wouldn't even suggest a Whipple. I was diagnosed with Stage 2b pancreatic cancer. I had my Whipple 5 1/2 years ago. I have met other survivors of pancreatic cancer, some who had their Whipples as long as 25.years ago. It may not be easy, but survival is a real possibility.

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@marvinjsturing

@cindee60 I am not going to say that you have an easy road ahead of you. I want you to know that not everyone qualifies for a Whipple. If the cancer was too far advanced, the doctors wouldn't even suggest a Whipple. I was diagnosed with Stage 2b pancreatic cancer. I had my Whipple 5 1/2 years ago. I have met other survivors of pancreatic cancer, some who had their Whipples as long as 25.years ago. It may not be easy, but survival is a real possibility.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me. Still in very early stages of knowing what will happen but things are sounding somewhat positive. The surgeon said it looks completely resectable so hopefully he’s right but he’s an excellent surgeon so I am having faith. Your story is inspirational so thank you. He does qualify for Whipple but new doctor is not sure yet if he has to go that route. Again thank you.
I might be in touch again if that’s ok
Cindy

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@cindee60 I am praying that the new doctor is right and that your husband does not need a Whipple, but whatever happens we are here to provide support in any way we can. God bless you.
Marv

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@cindee60

Hi Bob not doing good just found out we are facing pancreatic cancer and a Whipple procedure soon so scared

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Cindee, obviously a lot of uncertainty at this time. For us as well, fear of the unknown was front and centre. Do what you can to stay out of the panic mode. I encourage you to continue to reach out on connect when you feel the need.

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@marvinjsturing

@cindee60 I am praying that the new doctor is right and that your husband does not need a Whipple, but whatever happens we are here to provide support in any way we can. God bless you.
Marv

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Thank you I felt hope when I read the first line of your first message to me saying you were diagnosed 5 1/2 years ago so thank you and I am waiting to see at the beginning of the year what our doctor decides is best. He said chemo is probably going to be required. Did you have IV chemo or pill?

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@cindee60

Thank you I felt hope when I read the first line of your first message to me saying you were diagnosed 5 1/2 years ago so thank you and I am waiting to see at the beginning of the year what our doctor decides is best. He said chemo is probably going to be required. Did you have IV chemo or pill?

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@cindee60 I have often wondered about the many different protocols for treating pancreatic cancer. The chemo drugs have also changed since my diagnosis. For me, 2 weeks after my diagnosis I had 4 days of further testing. Two weeks after that I had my Whipple. Then I had 6 months of IV chemo. Each month I had 3 weekly infusions of gemcitabine followed by a week off. They didn't even put in a port. Towards the end it became harder to find a vein that would work. One time they had to stick me 5 times before they could start the chemo.

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@cindee60

Thank you I felt hope when I read the first line of your first message to me saying you were diagnosed 5 1/2 years ago so thank you and I am waiting to see at the beginning of the year what our doctor decides is best. He said chemo is probably going to be required. Did you have IV chemo or pill?

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@cindee60, how are you and your husband doing?

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@cindee60

Thank you I felt hope when I read the first line of your first message to me saying you were diagnosed 5 1/2 years ago so thank you and I am waiting to see at the beginning of the year what our doctor decides is best. He said chemo is probably going to be required. Did you have IV chemo or pill?

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Hello @cindee I’ve been thinking of you. How have you and your husband been doing? Are you comfortable sharing with us?

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