While reflecting on my adventures with pancreatic cancer I came to the conclusion that I have received seven miracles from GOD.
- 12/18/2012: During a CT scan looking for the source of my abdominal pain, which I had been trying to track down for over a year, an anomaly showed up. I had a subsequent PET scan and on 1/17/2013 was told pancreatic cancer was suspected. It was estimated that the growth started around August or September 2012. I consider this to be Miracle #1.
- 1/17/2013: At the recommendation of my Orlando oncologist, I flew to Boson on the 18th for a biopsy on the 19. Mass General Hospital (MGH) rotates evaluation teams. I got the #1 team with the World’s best surgeon for Pancreatic resection. That’s Miracle #2.
- 1/22 2013: I met with the Tumor Board and was told that I had early stage Pancreatic Cancer. I was invited to join a Phase 2 Clinical Trial for the advanced treatment of resectable pancreatic cancer. I accepted the invitation. Most people beg to get into this type of treatment. I consider this to be Miracle #3.
- 1/25 2013 I underwent a Laproscopy to determine whether the cancer had spread since my Orlando scans or was resectable (operable), as 80% of cases are not resectable. It was…. I consider this to be Miracle #4.
- 3/8/2013: After 1 week of daily Proton radiation with concurrent 2 weeks of low dose chemotherapy and a week of rest, I had Whipple procedure for the removal of my duodenum and 40% of my pancreas. I was discharged from the hospital 3 1/2 days later. Most patients after this procedure are not released for 7 to 10 days. My “below PAR” recovery, as in golf, is Miracle #5.
- 3/12/2013: My pathology report, directly quoting Dr. Fernandez, “Your margins are clear, all 26 lymph nodes are negative, THANK GOD!”. Miracle #6.
- 3/15/2013: Paraphrasing Dr. Fernandez; God has given me a second chance at life. I thank GOD for this every day. This is Miracle #7.
I want to thank all who prayed for me and thank all for your generous gifts. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. You are TEAM GENE!