Hi there. On 15th March this year, my wife of 41 years (she's 68 and I'm 66) had a pancreatic cancer diagnosis with metastates in the liver confirmed. A complete shock as there is no family history on her side of any form of cancer. She has been told it is inoperable and incureable. She started chemo on 29 March after having a powerport installed on 20 March. On 31 March, her temp spiked at 38.2 so I took her to the local hospital for admittance. Eventually it was confirmed that the powerport had an infection so it was removed on 3 April. Since then she's had 2 more chemp sessions using a canulla in her hand. She has lost 10 kgs since the diagnosis due to taste changes, worry and fatigue from the chemo. She is terrified of having to go back to hospital but the powerport will be reinstalled in about 4 weeks time. Our 2 girls live between 1 and 3 hours away and visit as much as possible on weekends. I am managing the housework etc OK at the moment - luckily retired some 5 years ago and at this point money is not an issue. I am angry all the time - why is life so unfair? If anyone was going to get the big C it would be me - Dad had bowel cancer, Grandad had Prostate cancer, Mum has had 2 brushes with it - breast and kidney and my youngest sister had a brush with breast cancer. I can't imagine life without my partner - we've been together for 47 years - travelled Canada, US, Europe, UK, NZ as well as Oz in our van. She is not handling the effects of the chemo well - loss of appetite and extreme fatigue - this is typical for chemo I'm told - BIL's wife died from lymphnoma, mate been through bone marrow transplant for lymphnoma. I'm just so bloody angry! Many tears have been shed and many more to come. granite53
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.