Alexis to the left of me and her friend
Me about to speak on stage
Julie and I
Yes I was just hospitalized this week and released Friday for a severe blockage and did the whole 5K on Saturday… would you expect anything less??? haha!!
Funny thing to add quick…. Tim said pancan had dubbed us the “Barbie and Ken” of pancreatic cancer which SUCKS that it’s PC but the whole barbie and ken thing I found funny! haha
Another successful PurpleStride done here in Washington, DC and of coarse like I said it’d be BIG and sure enough we all raised over $715,000 and had either over 5,000 or 4,500… I can’t recall. I was a speaker as you know but my speech was cut short because of time for whatever reason because there was all the time in the world in my mind (and to everyone who reached out to me and agreed! haha!). It was super sad! I know, and many people I talk to or the hundreds who have contacted me, always want to hear a speaker that they can relate to and in every event we’ve been to, we haven’t. We’ve wanted to here from someone who was Stage 4 (I’ll get back you on the number). Not just Stage 4 but stage 4 metastasized everywhere, like myself, and really hear hope. I know when I was first diagnosed and told I had a short time and was very sick it would have made me feel a ton better if I had heard someone in my same shoes that broke through and is doing better and has came a long way. I’m over 1 1/2 years and this fall will be 2 years. I still pray to be operable one day! Oh, that always bothers me when “informed” people ask if I had the whipple or any other surgeries when they are aware the cancer metastasized everywhere and surgery was never an option and in my doctors opinion will never be. I guess from now on when they tell me how much they know about pancreatic cancer and know my situation and then ask the question, I will run down the information from what a stage means to what it means to be operable.
So Friday I know I didn’t write much but I was beat and in so much pain that night. I had broke out of the hospital and had errands to run. Oh! One was going to my hospital that I am always at (until I switched it up this time.. haha ) to pick up flowers amongst getting records sent. My beautiful amazing Christy mom had already brought flowers assuming I was there and then finding out I wasn’t and calling every hospital around and never found me. I felt so bad for her!!! Then when I was well enough, when I wrote y’all on here, and checked my messages I had found this out and let her know but I figured no biggie.. I’ll get em when I break out. I went there and first the receptionist played like a dummy not knowing about any flowers …then! when I gave the name Christy told me, she said that was her and all her memory came back and she said since they couldn’t get ahold of me she took the flowers home for herself. How rude! haha to me, that’s just crazy because I’d never take anything that didn’t belong to me and she was not so kind!
Later after some of those errands, I picked up my mom at Reagan airport. PANCAN flies out selected people that want to go to Advocacy day and puts them up in a really nice hotel so many people flew in early to go to our purplestride. Let’s be real… they just wanted to learn from the pros, hahaha! She was able to fly through PANCAN because selected people are picked from every state and flown out and put up in a hotel. I know many people have expressed that they didn’t think it was “fair” but sorry.. I’m not your girl on that one, you’d have to go to pancan. I just am focused on having more than this one event a year here in the DC area as I have been for the last almost 2 years. I would love do put more things together but there are so many other pancreatic cancer charity groups out there as well that I love to help.
So …..my husband has been SUPER cranky all weekend and NOT himself whatsoever. I don’t know whats up with him but he’s at a clients house because I guess they didn’t want to open the kitchen cabinet boxes themselves and look to see if their damaged or not… in the past 3 months mind you. So, he has to do it for them. Strange but! I’m happy because now I have the house all to myself!! Yay! I get to catch a quick nap before Tim gets home between 9-10 tonight because I’m exhausted!!!
I hope everyone had a great weekend and tomorrow is Advocacy Day for pancreatic cancer!!!