Quickness. Like one day everything is status quo and hours later you feel like there might be only hours left. The doctors throw more information at you than you can possible assimilate or understand and offer little answers, in the beginning. I guess there is a reason the phrase, “spreads like cancer” exist.
My Dad had been having stomach pains and back pain for about 3-4 weeks and previously had problems with hernias. We thought it was just another hernia, or maybe kidney problems but then it was a scan, which showed some spots, a few days later it was recommended we get a biopsy then all of the sudden its stage 4 pancreatic metastatic cancer.
You never really know someone’s true nature, their true character until really pressed. Upon hearing the news my Dad was definitely shaken and a little scared, but the way I’ve seen him handle the news and especially the following weeks and tomorrow will start his first chemo treatment.
Upon hearing the news my heart sank, having been someone in the medical community I knew what sentence that diagnosis usually comes with. I immediately started planning a trip from Tennessee to Chicago where he lives. I felt it was really important to bring all his grandchildren (3 of them including a newborn) and make sure we had a great time and I captured as many images of him and my mom and the kids.
Cancer is a devastating disease, but to see how well, strong, and positive my Dad has been, is just an inspiration to me and has already been to others. I hope his story will inspire you too.