Well, I will try this again, I had written a reply, but seemed to have lost it somewhere along the lines.
How I received my diagnosis, the long version. In early Oct of '18, I was having a lot of stomach pain at night. It would start low in my abdomen, and slowly move upward. The only way I could get rid of it was to get up, walk a bit, and then be able to belch (loud and a lot). Things kept getting worse, and I called to set up an appointment with a gastroenterologist, but could not get in to see one till Feb of '19. December was hell, with lots of pain. Then one gastro Dr. said he could endoscope me 1/3/19. He could not get the scope past my stomach, and when he removed it, I projectile vomited what he thought was two weeks worth of food. I woke up in the ICU, and ended up being in the hospital for 2 weeks. Testing was inconclusive, but a Whipple was what they recommended. Had a drain tube and a feeding tube put in (ended up with the feeding tube having to be put back in 3 times when it kept slipping out. During this time I got some what fed up and made an appt. at Mayo. They got a scope tube past my stomach, but could see no sign of cancer, although they felt it had to be the problem. My wife and I sat down and had a talk with Dr. Truty, and he said I needed the Whipple, and soon, as I was going down hill rather quickly. Dr. Nagorney did the surgery and was surprised with what he found The cancerous tumor was was attached to the outside of the pancreas, and had wrapped it self around my duodenum, having it almost squeezed shut. They removed a part of my stomach, 40% of my pancreas, all the gall bladder and all the duodenum. They also took a 12" section of my transverse colon out that had cancer cells growing on the surface.
Due to all this, I was worried about my children and the possibility of cancer. I had surgery in "04 for prostate cancer, and now with the pancreatic cancer, my one son was pretty shook up. I was able to do some testing where a blood sample was taken, and I had to answer a bunch of questions regarding my health history and that of my ancestors. When this was all computed, there was no known marker to indicate that my children would be at any great risk for pancreatic cancer, but get this, Beside the prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer I had already been blessed with, I was also at risk for breast cancer! Noting like hogging a bunch of cancers.
I do not worry, or look over my shoulder regarding any of my cancers, It is what it is what it is. For me, I think the diagnosis of cancer was harder on my wife and family that it was on me. Getting to the diagnosis was far more frustrating and aggravating than the diagnosis.
Gods blessings Best to you and your loved ones. If you ever want to talk about it, let me know and I will get you my phone number.