Pancreatic cancer is tough and finding inspiration is essential. I received this email recently and (with the permission of the author) I thought I’d simply share it with you. It reminds us that there is always hope; that good outcomes do occur; and that one should never, never quit. It’s an inspirational, real story.

Here’s the email from Judy LaMont:



I was reading the newsletter and I am sending my testimony re: my battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
This email is a letter for inspiration and hope for all of those who have and are facing the diagnosis of cancer, in particular  pancreatic cancer.
I am a retired registered nurse after more then 50 years but I also have been an advocate for alternative wellness. So, my story–testimony– has so much relevance for anyone facing cancer. When I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I never thought about hearing those words and it certainly came as a shock that I was not prepared for. 
In 2012, I had continual severe abdominal pain in the middle of my stomach. I went to alternative doctors, an acupuncturist, and more. Plus I then became very jaundiced and quite ill. My doctor told me to go to the emergency room.  I went. The next morning an oncologist came in and said: You have cancer.
There are so many blessings that I was able to have during the process. And the caring from Dr. Al and Dr. Boas in Orlando, for they both saved my life and gave me amazing individualized care. 

Summarizing My Experience

Lots of CT scans, biopsy, stint for my bile duct which was occluded with cancer, and then a rush to the surgeon. Good news: the surgeon in Orlando at MD Anderson was the only surgeon in Florida who could do the Whipple surgery.
Fast forward, past 19 hours in  surgery and lots of time in chemo and radiation. I am now going on 6 years as one of the only people in Orlando that has lived with pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer

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I am sorry for anyone who has to go through the battle, but I am living proof that you can push through the odds. After my surgery and at least 2 months in the hospital, I asked the surgeon how long I could have to live. I expected him to say  “years”,  but he replied with 3 months to 1 year.
I wanted that story to change. I was not ready to leave my family and friends so I just did all that I could through healthy alternatives, walking, praying, healthy eating, plus keeping a positive attitude. 
I still have residual abdominal pain and fatigue easily,  but I AM ALIVE. I have been told that I am one of the very fortunate few that has been able to beat pancreatic cancer and I am grateful. I want to inspire others to never give up and to do whatever it takes to keep pushing through the process, step by step. 
My son asked me what I wanted on my bucket list. The beach, I told him. So we sold my condo on the lake and I moved to Daytona Beach, right on the ocean.  Just blue skies, walking, and ocean wave. And my family and friends. Together, it was and is invaluable. 
So you are welcome to use my testimony to give people hope with pancreatic cancer.
Judy LaMont

Thank you Judy!

More Reading on Cancer and Your Odds: Damn Statistics! 

This is an absolute must read on the highly individualized aspect of cancer and survival. Bottom line: hope is always available!


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