The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) links me with other survivors and PurpleStride. It also connected me with clinical trials. I was just accepted onto one at a high-volume institution in Pennsylvania, which will get me off my current chemotherapy regimen. I will be four years post-Whipple surgery on August 8, 2018.
I have an interesting perspective on the disease, since I am a board certified General & Plastic surgeon. I fought depression by returning to work two months post-surgery and retired only last year at age 79. I will be 80 on July 11, 2018. I was on the same chemotherapy for three years and switched four months ago because of new metastases that appeared in November 2017.
I fight to stay healthy with diet, exercise (with a trainer), and keep a positive attitude. Support from family and friends is essential, and knowing PanCAN is there for me is a big help. My daughter, Debbie, has a team that marches in the PurpleStride every year since my diagnosis and I participate in my hometown PurpleStride in Oklahoma City when possible. Thanks for all you do for pancreatic cancer survivors at all stages of the disease.