The Big C

Follow this special category if you want to find all the posts about my journey through pancreatic cancer. I found out about it in July 2018 due to an onset of jaundice. The tumor had grown to the point where it pinched my bile duct, and if there’s no bile draining from the liver, some stuff called bilirubin ends up in the blood stream. It made me all yellow, even the whites of my eyes. It’s ironic; jaundice allowed us to catch the cancer at a relatively early stage, so all in all, I’m grateful for getting jaundiced. Ain’t life weird?


Nah, It Couldn’t Have Been This Easy After All….

It took me 4 days to gather the stomach to write this post. On Monday I had my every-2-month CT scan, blood test, and consult with my oncologist. The scan shows a “slight increase in prevascular soft tissue of uncertain significance”. It’s blunted a little by the observation that, “No evidence of metastatic disease is […]

Sugar Crash

For all intents and purposes I’m free of cancer….at least this summer I am. We still don’t know about reoccurrence, but we’ll worry about that after I go to Burning Man at the end of summer. However, after the operation there’s something that I’ve learned about the hard way; sugar crashes. It’s stupid of me […]

At Last, A Drain-Free Existence

Hoo-RAY! The drain is gone! It was taken out at my appointment with the surgeon yesterday. This was my last consult with him and his lead team member too. I thanked them profusely, and even felt a little nostalgic. Very little nostalgic, but it was there. They did a great job. I’m feeling great, even […]

Docs, Lotsa Docs This Week

Remember in the last post how I said the new drain hurt? Well it never stopped hurting, and it was hurting in a completely different way from all the other pains that have come by to visit in the last month, like being branded from the inside out. It buried all the other pains. It […]

Oops, Recovery Not As Boring…

I went in for my tube check yesterday. That involves a CT scan, and they found a pocket that was not in communication with my drain. Guess what? I have another drain! This one hurts, which probably is to be expected because they pulled the old one out and put the new one into a […]

Recovery – Booooring!

I’ve been out of the hospital for just under 2 weeks. Every day I feel better and can see signs of improvement. I’m stronger, my incision hurts less but itches more (a sign of mending apparently), and my drain is now outputting pretty much exactly the same amount of stuff as the saline that I […]

Whew, that was a helluva ride!

I’m typing this up all blanketed and reclining in a chair I bought a month ago in anticipation. I’m hydrated, well fed, and huh, almost painless! A lot of stuff has happened since the last post over a week ago, so this is a long post. For those who didn’t already know, to get rid […]

Thinking of Tomorrow Today

It’s Sunday. I had a nice breakfast and 4 hours later I drank my 10 ounces of magnesium citrate to begin making things more hospitable for the surgeon tomorrow. God that stuff tastes bad. I put in a few hours of work today, finishing one last thing. I still have a couple of much less […]

Getting Ready for the Cut

I had my last consult with my surgeon this Monday. They have pads of 8.5″ x 11″ paper with the stomach and all the blobby parts all around it, intended for surgeons to use explaining the procedure they’re going to perform. So he was drawing all over it since the Whipple procedure takes out a […]

Surgery Scheduled!!!

Well, this is it! I met with my surgeon and oncologist on Monday and we have set the date to remove this tumor and a few other parts so that I can return to a relatively normal and healthy life!!! Hot diggity!!!! Since you’ve been keeping up with this blog you already know many of […]