Hi Everyone, I am April 56 years and have become not only wife but carer for my Husband of 22 yrs Brett 51 whom was diagnosed with pancreatic Cancer in June 2018 just after we had a holiday. Whoa what a rollor coaster ride we have had. I think we are getting there. Day by day we take each day as it comes on the day. I totally understand now what people go through when they get the diagnosis and their partners, relatives what a blow away. Brett has had some chemo as we were trying to shrink the 4cm tumour in the head of his pancreas so he could have the whipple surgery, by all tests had said no other cancer anywhere not even in the lymph nodes so yay we thought we have got this after 3 treatments of Chemo the strongest they could find we found that the tumour did shrink so they could go in and do the surgery. That was September 24th when the doctors went in had a look and came back with sorry its aleady in his liver and peritonium which is the lining around all the organs. Bugger that was not what we were hoping for, we knew the operation was going to be huge and I would be off work to care for him after, so with this news I took that time anyway as they took out his gall bladder as a preventative up the track. Since then I have retired and become Bretts carer, which he doesnt need too much yet. At the same time he has not needed any more chemo so we are getting out and about as much as we can, Tassie, melbourne moto GP Bretts a big Motorbike race fan and me' We went on a 3 night stay in Maleny and have just come back from Fraser Island which we had never been too. Each time it takes it out of us after the trip. Both of us but we are having our retirement as we wanted to. Bretts bought another adventure bike and we try to get this out as much as possible, If we is not up to it one day we go the next time we can. All I can say is enjoy every day every moment and live your life as you would have. We are OK now probably because we dont know whats next and you know sometimes it is easier that way. April and Brett
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Hi Tiana I am sorry to hear of your Dad's cancer diagnosis. All the best with his ongoing treatments. I'm April and my loving beuatiful husband was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in June 2018 this year. This is the scary cancer and I find anything you google just makes you feel worse as it is usually worse case senario. Research is good as you go along on your journey with your Dad, but keep it positive as you can. Until you know the outcome there is always hope to get through this. We found the whole process like a rollor coaster of emotions as you go through the process, good advice to write down questions to ask when you go to your Dad's appointments and do this, go to them all Tiana as this is how you find out, if you dont ask questions you are in the dark most of the time which is scary. Write down everybodys names involved abd get their phone numbers of whom to contact. After your Dad has more tests done they will know more and which treatments to use. My Husband was put on Chemo straight away once they had done these tests as he needed to shrink the 4cm Tumor in the head of his pancreas so they could do surgery to remove it. So from this stage we had the chemo and lived day by day keeping our fingers crossed it would shrink. (Surgery is the best option at the moment) One time-I was working at the time Brett had his diagnosis and along the way after he had his 2nd biopsy, he contracted Pancreatitis which was very painful and he ended up in hospital for 6 days, I kept going to work and missed every doctor that came to see him, which was awful as my Husband could not remember what they said. This was very overwhelming for me not knowing what was going on or what was going to happen next. One day I stayed home till lunch time before I went in as I had left the hospital at 10pm the previous night and when I came back he was on Insulin and being called a diabetic which he had never been before. Good you are moving in with him and are there to help him when he needs the help. All you need to do now is give his your usual love and support and just be there for him while he finds out what he needs to do next. Tania my hubby and I are still going through the process 6 months on, if you want to talk along the way If I can help I will be glad to hear from you, even the tiniest thing, I know what you are all about to go through and some of whats ahead but we are still learning as we go. Each case is different. Regards April
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