Family, friends and fans. I spent my 71st birthday at Valley Medical Center with severe pancreatitis. Tuesday the 8th of May I was subsequently diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma which is is a group of cancers that begin in the bile ducts. Bile ducts are branched tubes that connect the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine. The statistics I was given were quite grim: with no treatment I will have only 6-12 months to live. They have recommended I have the Whipple procedure which is is a complex operation to remove the head of the pancreas, the first part of the small intestine (duodenum), the gallbladder and the bile duct. My surgery is May 30th at the University of Washington Hospital.
The statistics for those who have that procedure are a little better but out of 100 people who have the procedure, only 25-30 are still alive after 5 years.
In the mean time I have not worked for 10 weeks and could be unable to return to work for another few months while I undergo chemotherapy. I have a passion for life, I am a fighter and in the words of the Beatles, "I get by with a little help from my friends." I therefore appreciate any contribution that you are able to make. Time is of the essence and I thank you all for your consideration. May the peace of God be always with you