The candid and simple journey of a stage-four pancreatic cancer patient
What can be expected with a diagnosis of “stage 4 metastasized pancreatic cancer“? Kathy is gone now, but this blog lives on to tell the story of someone who defied all predictions from, well… everyone. At some point captured within these pages, you may notice a turning point, where other people’s expectations and opinions start to become… a little bit silly. So, lie down, grab yourself a Dilaudid, and take solace in knowing that your fated “2 months left” just might turn out to be a much more leisurely…
3 years, 7 months, 19 days
…or not ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
–Kathy’s son, Phillip
Here it is—the post we all kind of expected to happen at some point. I’m very sad to announce that Kathy is officially gone. I’m Kathy’s oldest son, Phillip, writing to you now in her absence. My apologies if this is your first time hearing this news; we did our best to loop everyone in. … Continue reading Afterword from Kathy’s son, Phillip
Cancer survivors can help their loved ones cope with grief. It is the anniversary of Pastor Tim’s death and the interim pastor, Pastor Don, led a sermon about grief. Pastor Tim was my next-door neighbor and previous owner of my dog, Riley. How does someone teach about grief? As I am trying to cope with … Continue reading How does someone grieve?
Hobbies help cancer survivors focus on the here and now. I’ve always enjoyed hobbies. I’ve never been very artsy so my new attraction to painting birdhouses is quite the diversion for me. When I initially thought about retiring, I wondered how I would spend my time. At first, I began teaching several classes at the … Continue reading I’m just too busy to die right now!
Flowers mark life for this cancer survivor. I’m still here as the spring flowers are starting to pop up in my garden. With a smile on his face, my son dragged me outside to see the crocuses peeking up throughout the garden when the snow began to melt away. They are here!!! Spring is here!!! … Continue reading Where have all the flowers gone?
The invisible heroes for cancer survivors Shame on me that it took over a year to dedicate a whole post just for my caretakers. In my defense, I have thanked my caregivers throughout this entire blog, in many different posts. But, it’s time I scream it from the mountaintop: To be a caregiver is a … Continue reading Caretakers
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