I'll never forget the afternoon my mom learned she had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. A doctor walked into our hospital room and showed us some images of her recent CT scan. She had a cancerous tumor in her pancreas that was wrapped around a main artery. Surgery was not an option. Because the cancer had moved to other organs, the doctor told us she had six months to live without chemo or one year with chemo.
Have you ever been in a room and had this kind of news delivered to you? There is no way to describe the hopelessness. You are surrounded by people you love but there is no one to lean on because everyone is crumbling. After watching my mom and dad embrace and cry for a while, I went over to hug her as well. As she hugged me, she rubbed my back. She was trying to offer comfort only a mom could offer in such a situation. She looked at all of us and said she was sorry. She was sorry she had cancer and that the news was so hurtful for us. She was such a loving mom and always thought of others first. She was nurturing in the most difficult situation you can imagine.
The first thing my mom asked for from others, was HOPE. She needed to have hope. She made changes in her life that we believe helped her to stay with us a little longer. Unfortunately, this cancer is relentless. It learns how to recover from chemo and it learns how to survive with chemo. No matter what changes we made, it adapted. This cancer is currently incurable. We want to see this change. We want to see people outwit this cancer. We believe it can be done. We hope you will help us support the efforts needed to find a cure.
I'll never be more proud to call Diane Preston my mom. She was a warrior like I had never seen before. Even on her darkest days, she was able to find hope. We will continue on her pursuit of HOPE as well. Now, our hope is that this cancer can be defeated so no one will have to sit in a hospital room and hear how much longer they have to live.
We want to help offer HOPE by creating this non-profit company where all profits go towards pancreatic cancer research and support.
Thank you for your support! Our family is very grateful and appreciative.
Purplestride Teams raise money for Pancan and in our case honors Diane Preston / AKA Nana's Crew