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Family birthdays

On Monday 23 November my youngest granddaughter turned four. On the Sunday prior to her birthday, her parents organised a small party with her daycare friends followed by a relaxed gathering of close family. The weather cleared and it was so nice to bask in the sun...

What ultrasound scan?

On 19 November I received a phone call about the appointment for my ultrasound scan. What ultrasound scan? The one your doctor ordered, I was told. Oh dear, the cancer must be affecting my memory because I don’t recall Dr S saying anything about my needing to have...

My new part-time job

By the end of the chemotherapy info session on Tuesday it became clear to both my son and me that I actually have a new part-time job – as a cancer patient. It will start in earnest in a week or so. My first 8-hour chemotherapy session is scheduled for 3 December. On...

More waiting

So my son and I rock on up to the Domain Lodge, arriving on the dot of 10am. We then spend 30 minutes waiting in the room where the chemotherapy information session is due to take place. It turned out that the letter was correct and the nurse was just ensuring that we...

Biopsy result

As I expected the biopsy result has confirmed the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. No doubt, and no hope. I confess to having briefly indulged in a fantasy of a different scenario where I was an ovarian cancer patient with other options and more time. But I knew it was...