我叫Russ,2013年11月3日是我作为胰腺癌幸存者13周年。 2000年10月,我通过CT扫描发现我的胰腺上有一个肿瘤附着在我的脾脏上,因此被确诊。 2000年11月3日,我进行了手术,以去除40%的胰腺,整个脾脏,一片肾脏和五个淋巴结。我没有 ’直到多年以后,当我查看病理报告时,才知道这是胰腺腺鳞癌。手术后几周内,我开始连续24/7化疗,持续了五个星期。在相同的五个星期中,我也受到了辐射。那是毁灭性的,直到最后我一直在手脚和膝盖上爬行,直到我有足够的力量站起来。他们做了第二轮化疗,但是’几乎和第一轮一样糟糕。一周一天,一天三个小时,共九周。

如此多的癌症患者问了一个问题:“你什么时候成为幸存者?”对我来说,那是我手术的一天…when I began my journey to survivorship.  At about 18 months after my surgery, I began to ask the question, “Why did I survive pancreatic cancer, while so many others didn’t?”  The challenge of living had been discovering my purpose, and the experiences that I have been through to help others who were battling this horrible disease.  As a cancer survivor, my life as I knew it, was not the same anymore.  All cancer survivors have a new life that we call, “our new normal.”  So many things have changed, but the memory of what I went through will be with me for the rest of my life.  There is not a day that goes 通过 that I 不要’t think about what this disease has 不要e to me.  I will never forget the day I heard the words, “you have pancreatic cancer.”  Even though I am in remission, I do, at times, allow myself the time to reflect, and feel the sorrow of that day.  This is why it is so important for me to be able to tell my story to others who have cancer.  It is great therapy for me and it gives hope to others that this disease can be beat!

除了这些年来我面对的身体挑战(癌症后),我对当今生活的看法还有很多其他变化。我非常享受今天的生活,我不会改变任何事情。我什至不但从事绘画工作,而且非常喜欢(您可以在这里看到我的一些作品)。但是,我确实比以往任何时候都更关心死亡……这与年龄以及我已经因胰腺癌已经面对死亡而面临的事实有关。但是正如我之前所说,“我与过去发生的事情保持和平,而我与未来发生的事情保持和平。”我康复过程中的一个重要因素是对我新的正常生活的理解,并接受今天的现状。唐’不要强迫自己回到癌症前的生活。有很多事情会改变…不仅在身体上,而且在精神上。拥抱新的正常生活…don’战斗吧。您永远不会摆脱癌症及其影响,我必须承认,有时候保持积极状态非常困难。对我来说,我的癌症之旅永无止境。我们都有自己的癌症应对方式,我选择向他人讲述自己的故事。

I am not a professional counselor but until someone has gone through what I, and millions of others have gone through, you cannot tell another cancer victim how they should feel.  First the initial shock of hearing that you have this deadly disease called pancreatic cancer, and then the surgery, and then they tell you that the survival rate for stage IV pancreatic cancer is 2% for the first three years, and if you make it past three years you then have a 6% chance of making it five years.  But I cannot focus on self-pity…or waste my time thinking of how unfair this is to me.  I have always been a positive person and nothing will change that, but this is certainly a true test of my strength and determination.  And if I can make a difference in just one person’s outlook about how to deal with this disease I feel that I have 不要e something…这让我感觉好些。这就是我的目的…这是一个永无止境的旅程。记住这一点…当您发现成为癌症幸存者的目的是什么时,这就是您生活中的挑战。

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