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?


The Mystery Continues

Had my PET scan yesterday. Blood test showed another rise in my CA19-9 counter but not as steep as the last rise. The scan imaging showed a small glucose uptake going on at the former site of my pancreas, just where I had all that radiation aimed last year. At least it appears that my […]

Advise. So Much Easier to Give Than Receive

A friend of mine just got word that she has cancer. She’s honored me by sharing this with me early on, before telling her other friends. We talked about it a lot. I felt useful like I’ve learned something about it from the last 3 years. Strange how we have completely different cancers and yet […]

After a Long Silence….

It’s been months since I’ve posted. It’s not like nothing has been happening, but more like so much has been happening I just couldn’t find the headspace to write it all down as it was happening. We’ve finished moving into our new home in Tacoma. We’re now about 35 miles south of Seattle and 55 […]

Latest Scan & Blood Test Results

So I’ve had a great time since I last posted. All those good numbers at the other end of that VM protocol treatment really boosted my resolve to recover as much as possible and have as much fun as possible given the pandemic. I retired at the end of 2020. Time to take time for […]

Got the Biopsy

And it will take 3-4 days to get an answer back. Just wanted to let you know that it’s done. It was a really easy procedure, the least difficult of all the other excursions made into my body over the last couple of years. They gave me a lightweight dose of happy juice and lidocaine […]