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Kate

Location

Denver, CO
United States
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Cancer type (NET): 
Carcinoid
Diagnosis Year: 
2002
How I survive cancer: 

I've delayed writing a 'survivor' story mainly because I still don't feel like a survivor.  Although I have been blessed with 8 years (and interestingly 8 grandchildren) since my diagnosis, I fight the disease and it's symptoms daily.  Initially I was diagnosed with a 'neuroendocrine tumor) in the head of my pancreas.  It is so good to see the changes in diagnosing and treatment because at that time pathology on the tumors was difficult and many surgeons unaware of the cryptic nature.  Since that time I have had a recurrence several times.  My team of physicians - and it takes a team approach - are aggressive and accessible.  Thanks to Sandostatin and a variety of chemotherapeutics I am alive today.  There are days I wonder why and how.  Survivorship is that way.  Each day offers it's own challenges and it's own gifts.  I survive by being the 'driver' of my Physician team, lots of determination, and the love and joy of my family.

How I fight for a cure: 

Even though the symptoms are not an especially appealing topic of discusion, I TALK.  I want my friends and family to know what this fight is all about.  So many other cancers (all trying and serious) are close to cure because of awareness.  The answer is making the public aware of this disease.  For so many years we all heard or read that ...'if one gets Cancer then this is the cancer to get. It's slow growing." I argue that point.

My caring words of encouragement: 

Be honest and steadfast. There are many options in treating the Cancer/tumors themselves and the symptoms we live with. Balance your life so that you can enjoy the time you do feel the best.

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