Hey y’all…it Friday and I’ve got some really personal and important stuff to share today.
FRIDAY FAVES is a little meme where I can post about some of my favorite book related topics, including various tropes and bookish stuff. I try to have a new theme every month and April’s theme is:
NOT SURE YET!
So in case you’re new to the blog or just have missed the memo somehow, my hubby, Mr. A has been battling pancreatic cancer for almost a year now. We’ve been through countless tests, doctors, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hospital stays in an effort to beat this horrible disease.
When Mr. A was first diagnosed, he was labeled as STAGE 2, meaning the cancer was contained to his pancreas. On Monday, after his latest CT scan, the doctors changed that to STAGE 4 METASTATIC PANCREATIC CANCER. The cancer has spread to his liver. There is no cure. We can and will prolong his life with more chemo and maybe experimental treatments.
I’m not throwing all my personal crap out there for anyone to feel sorry for me but rather, I’m choosing to turn to a community that has given me comfort for the past two years. Blogging, reading, writing, visiting with you provides an escape that I desperately need.
I will definitely be slowing down on the blog, maybe not participating as much or commenting as frequently because if cancer has taught me anything, it’s that life is too damn short and I’m making a conscious choice to spend time with Mr. A, our family and friends while we still have him here with us. We will continue to fight!💜
Here’s some facts about PANCREATIC CANCER:
Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States surpassing breast cancer. It is expected to become the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in the US by the year 2020, surpassing colorectal cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially for more than 40 years.
Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. For all stages combined, 91% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis – only 9% will survive more than five years.
In 2019 an estimated 56,770 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and more than 45,750 will die from the disease.
Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no detection tools to diagnose the disease in its early stages when surgical removal of the tumor is still possible.
*Source for statistics: American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts & Figures 2019