So this post is a mix of both good and bad news in relation to my Pancreatic Cancer;
Bad News: The cancer has returned. Even though we thought the surgery, followed by chemotherapy, had beaten the cancer, my regular check-ups showed that it had returned. So to combat the reoccurrence the oncology doctors have put me onto a different course of chemotherapy.
Good News: My body is reacting really well to the new chemotherapy. I do get nausea and vomiting the night after treatment, and I have lost my hair, but there are no other side affects. The tumour has reduced in size and the cancer markers in my blood test have returned to a normal level, so doctors have said I can have a break from treatment for a couple of months. I’m also feeling pretty good, I certainly don’t feel like I have a life threatening diagnosis.
Bad News: Even though I’ve been reacting well to treatment, doctors want me to be aware of the reality of the situation: my cancer is terminal. It is likely that I have less than 12 month to live. My intention is to prove the doctors wrong.
Good News: The terminal 12 month life expectancy diagnosis means I should be able to make a claim on my life insurance, which will allow me to set the family up in a good home and debt and worry free after I have gone.
I have continued to record YouTube updates about my cancer journey, it helps me get my head around everything that is going on. Check out my latest cancer update video below.