Hi everyone! I just wanted to thank every one of you that's left wonderful comments and have submitted your purple outfits. If you still haven't and would like to send me your purple inspired outfits, please send them over to cindiwang (at) gmail (dot) com. I'm taking pics until tomorrow! :)
As many of you know, my father-in-law, Claro, passed away from cancer of the pancreas last May. Unfortunately, he missed out on our wedding, his second son's college graduation, and his daughter's high school graduation. However, through all of these life changing events, all of us felt his presence with us on our special days. This past Sunday for the PanCan walk, the forecast called for rain. We were all set to brave it, and our family friend even brought ponchos. However, the weather turned out to be gorgeous! It wasn't even cold...and the sun was beaming! We believe this is Claro and all the other angels up in heaven bringing us sunshine for our walk.
Prior to last May, I've hardly ever heard of the word "pancreas". I didn't know what it did and where it was located in our bodies. Through some research, I found out that the pancreas sit underneath the stomach, which makes it very hard to operate on. The pancreas helps break down proteins, carbs and fats and produces insulin to help regulate your blood sugar. Because Claro had diabetes, his pancreas was not functioning normally, making it susceptable to disease.
Claro first complained of back pain in December, for which doctors prescribed pain medication. This dull pain continued to early April and during a regular check up with his regular doctor, they discovered a mass in his liver. Upon further tests, they discovered that the origin of the disease came from the pancreas and he was officially diagnosed with cancer in late April. At this point, the cancer has spread to 90% of his liver.
Three weeks after his diagnosis, Claro passed away peacefully in a hospital bed with all his family by his side. I took the ferry and rushed over to the hospital immediately after work, without having a chance to say my goodbyes. To this day, Chris and I are thankful that the doctors told us he probably felt minimal pain and was quite comfortable during his stay at the hospital.
This cancer takes 95% of the lives diagnosed because it is typically painless. By the time you feel some type of discomfort, it's already spread away from the pancreas. Below are the symptoms:
--Pain in the upper abdomen
--Loss of appetite
--Jaundice (yellowing of the skin, eyes...urine)
These symptoms aren't extremely specific, but if you and especially your loved ones, suspect something is deeply wrong, I urge you to push your doctor to perform further testing. Research as much as you can with the vast of information online, books, and other sources. I've heard that we're our own advocates when it comes to our health, and good doctors are lifesavers, but diagnosing a deathly disease sometimes takes trial and error, which can take a long time If you feel something is not right with you, you have the right to push for more tests or go see a second physician.
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