Living My Life in 10 Days!

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

Afterword from 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.…

How does someone grieve?

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…

I’m just too busy to die right now!

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…

Where have all the flowers gone?

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!!! …


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…

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10 thoughts on “Living My Life in 10 Days!”

  1. Dear Kathy. You are an amazing person. To be able to endure the unbelievable stress and challenges of this disease, and still be able to retain your humor throughout.


  2. I have tied to be in your mind rather than seem insensitive and intrusive. Your blog helps me to know if what I am thinking is accurate. Thanks for always being that sensitive, kind, open and courageous friend I always knew you were. My admiration of your grace and positivity never ends. I am always here for you on your journey.


  3. Kathy,
    I read your blog and then thought about it for a while. It is so clearly written and well expressed! I have always been amazed in the way you have had a brave and positive attitude about your life and the diagnosis, very straight forward. Especially in how you are taking in as many experiences and travel opportunities as your body lets you. However, it was very easy to hear the fright and crushing
    frustration in your blog as “Dr. Death” reminds you that the disease is terminal. You are an exceptional kind of person and just maybe one that can pull off a miracle! We can always pray.


  4. Kathy,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your words. I am in awe of your bravery, humor, and eloquence. You are a truly exceptional woman and a gift to everyone that knows you. You have given so much as an educator, and through this blog, you continue to give of yourself and teach others.

    I am not usually at a loss for words, but after reading your posts, words seem incredibly inadequate to describe the strength of your spirit in the face adversity. I will continue to hold out hope that your undying spirit can beat the cancer, or at least hold it at bay for years to come.

    You are a treasure, Kathy. You have made the world a better place for countless individuals, and I believe that your blog will continue to do that for others who are going through similar battles.

    Sending all my love.


  5. Thank you for sharing Kathy. Your questions, thoughts, frustrations, strength and honesty will help many of those on the same path and help those of us who are not to be better listeners and support groups. Positive thoughts and prayers are always with you. Terry

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  6. My husband was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which has spread to his liver. We have an appointment with the oncologist Tuesday after next. I’m so terribly afraid as to what the future holds for him.

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