Living My Life in 10 Days!

The candid and simple journey of a stage-four pancreatic cancer patient

Months Survived: 37 😎️

I’m Not a Hero

I’m just someone surviving pancreatic cancer. I don’t mind being your role model for living with pancreatic cancer or any cancer. My Mom died from lung cancer. And yes, she was a smoker, like so many people in the 50’s and 60’s –  smoking and evening cocktails was a cultural way of life. To me […]

I’m Still Standing Again

Surviving Pancreatic Cancer for 3 years! Each year I have an “I’m Still Standing” Party to mark my anniversary. This is my third year! Unbelievable to me. As with everything this year, COVID has altered the plan. There cannot be an in-person party.  Instead, I want an Imaginary I’m Still Standing Anniversary Party. Not a […]

I thought pancreatic cancer was about to win!

Recently I’ve watched several people I never met die from pancreatic cancer, stage 4. I felt close to them because we all shared the same disease. One person was Alex Trebeck, whom I believe many people shared the same sense that they lost a good friend. Another was RGB, an American icon. The final, a […]


The good news is my doctor continues to be impressed with my indolent tumor. It’s impacting, but at its snail pace.  The new vocabulary word for today: indolent – growing or progressing slowly; avoiding activity. As usual, I’m living each day focusing just on the day. However, the strange thing about having cancer is that […]

It’s a mad, mad, mad world!

Everyone is feeling the stress of our world, which seems to have gone crazy! Dealing with cancer is just another part of the stress. My own world of living at the end of pancreatic cancer seems to be just one more element of change and uncertainty. One of my goals for this blog was to […]

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8 thoughts on “Living My Life in 10 Days!

  1. Dear Kathy. You are an amazing person. To be able to endure the unbelievable stress and challenges of this disease, and still be able to retain your humor throughout.

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  2. I have tied to be in your mind rather than seem insensitive and intrusive. Your blog helps me to know if what I am thinking is accurate. Thanks for always being that sensitive, kind, open and courageous friend I always knew you were. My admiration of your grace and positivity never ends. I am always here for you on your journey.

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  3. Kathy,
    I read your blog and then thought about it for a while. It is so clearly written and well expressed! I have always been amazed in the way you have had a brave and positive attitude about your life and the diagnosis, very straight forward. Especially in how you are taking in as many experiences and travel opportunities as your body lets you. However, it was very easy to hear the fright and crushing
    frustration in your blog as “Dr. Death” reminds you that the disease is terminal. You are an exceptional kind of person and just maybe one that can pull off a miracle! We can always pray.

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  4. Kathy,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your words. I am in awe of your bravery, humor, and eloquence. You are a truly exceptional woman and a gift to everyone that knows you. You have given so much as an educator, and through this blog, you continue to give of yourself and teach others.

    I am not usually at a loss for words, but after reading your posts, words seem incredibly inadequate to describe the strength of your spirit in the face adversity. I will continue to hold out hope that your undying spirit can beat the cancer, or at least hold it at bay for years to come.

    You are a treasure, Kathy. You have made the world a better place for countless individuals, and I believe that your blog will continue to do that for others who are going through similar battles.

    Sending all my love.

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  5. Thank you for sharing Kathy. Your questions, thoughts, frustrations, strength and honesty will help many of those on the same path and help those of us who are not to be better listeners and support groups. Positive thoughts and prayers are always with you. Terry

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