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Thread: It's going to be a very long time before I go back there!

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    It's going to be a very long time before I go back there!

    Good morning everyone,

    I hope you don't think the subject line refers to Aruba. My goodness, no! Read on.

    A brief history of time; my time.

    Back in April 2018 I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. If you have family or friends who who have received similar news, you know how devastating it can be when the doctor tells you this. After he or she says those two words, you don't even hear anything else.

    Without going into details, it is fairly well-known that p.c. has a very low survival rate. Two years after surgery, the survival rate is in the single digits.

    I had surgery in mid-April 2018, which was long (8 hours in the o.r.) and complicated. The recovery frustratingly slow. Canadian CancerCare monitored me every three months.

    In 2019 I was cleared to travel so last May my wife and I went to Maui and in October we were in Aruba. Still, I was concerned, to put it mildly.


    Which brings us to last Wednesday

    On Wednesday, I went to CancerCare for my cancer check-up. The oncologist was so pleased with my progress that I don't have to go back there again. No more blood tests, no more CT Scans and no more oncology appointments. He said that Canadian CancerCare will always have a seat for me whenever I need it, but I don't intend to occupy it for a very long time.

    This two year journey has been very hard on my wife.


    Why I hesitated

    To be brutally frank, I was hesitant to even share this with you for a couple of reasons. First, even though I had done thread on this in 2018, I wasn't sure if anyone would have even remembered. Also, while my p.c. outcome has been positive so far, many of you have family members and friends for whom the outcome was otherwise.

    I asked Andrea for guidance on this.


    Just so you know, Maui this April and Aruba in October. These places seem to speed up and continue the recovery process.

    Have a great weekend everybody.


    Glenn
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    Glenn we are all so glad you are now healthy. I can't imagine the pain for you and your lovely wife....you deserve some great restful trips!

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    That's wonderful.... I know it had to have been a tough journey at times..... but being free sounds exhilarating. Thanks for the post.
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    Glad to hear your good news. I think it helps to get feedback as there are so many emotions when you go through a health crisis so glad you posted. Wishing you many healthy years!!

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    In 2015 I mysteriously became a type 1 diabetic overnight. Having no prior history of high blood sugar levels, an underlying cause was immediately discussed with my long time friend and family physician. The first thing that was mentioned was pancreatic cancer. I was sent that same day for pelvis scan. While waiting the results, which came shortly after, a number of concerns were racing through my head. Fortunately for me, the tests showed negative and a sigh of relief was in order. I can only imagine what it has been like for you and your family.

    Ironically, that same physician, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April of 2019. He has been through the barrage of treatments and in December, went through the Whipple surgery procedure. Six hours later, he was alive and well. We keep in touch frequently and he continues to recover. Hopefully, he will have the same results as you.

    We all wish you well, our forum friend.







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    i am so glad that you posted for the others to see!!
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    Glenn, having just lost a close member of my very small family to a fast-moving form of leukemia (some of you may recall me mentioning from time to time, especially at holiday time, that I was off to visit family in Baltimore; my honorary brother-in-law lost his battle two weeks ago), it deeply touches me to hear of your successful journey. Truly wonderful news. I know I am not alone in writing that I am honored you shared it with us and thrilled to hear you'll be celebrating with not one but two fabulous vacations. We want Maui trip reports too! Bless you.


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    Congratulations! What wonderful news! I know your fight was beyond scary, stress filled and difficult. I am thrilled you have had such a positive result.

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    Glenn, glad you are doing well. I know firsthand how relieving it is to hear "no more blood tests, no more oncology appointments". You should share a Maui trip report with us sometime.


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    Good morning everybody,

    Thank you for your good wishes and touching messages. It makes a person feel great, knowing that so many are helping us along.

    LsaGrn asked about a trip report for Maui. Sure, absolutely. I love writing these things but I never thought of doing one for Maui. I just never thought anyone on this forum would be interested. Okay then, starting on April 22, I'll start taking copious notes.

    On a related note, I must say this. I really enjoy the forum. While I don't post every day, I do read it most days. The people on here are friendly and helpful. We have been going to Maui every April/May (except when I was laid up) for the past 25 years or so, and I've never found a Maui-equivalent to the Aruba forums. That's a testament to the forum members and to Andrea for making sure we don't run off the rails, easy enough to do especially in the off-topic category.

    Enough from me for now. Everybody have a great weekend.


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