In August of 2017, at age 55, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Five years earlier my mom passed away from the disease so I knew what lay ahead of me.
When I met with my oncologist he said, “We’re talking cure, not life extension.” My surgeon at Johns Hopkins said, “We got this.” I knew the statistics but after hearing how optimistic my care team was…how could I not be?!
Over the next few months, as I went through the chemo, radiation and all the side effects, I remained absolutely optimistic and positive. I refused to allow negativity, anger or sorrow into my thought process….as these were counter-productive to my desired outcome. Along with a great care team, and just as essential, I had amazing support from my wife, kids and community (near and far), providing me with a lot of comfort.
March 16, 2018 I had my Whipple surgery. Everything went smoothly and as of now I’ve made a rapid recovery. I take great pride in saying that I am a survivor of pancreatic cancer….something too few people get to say.
What has become abundantly clear is that the past is past. The future is not here yet and all we have this moment. I am very much living in the moment and every day find something to appreciate or amaze me.
By, David Sokoloff