Before my mom’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis I had not given this disease much thought at all. The only thing I knew was that it was bad. I remember seeing Patrick Swayze on a news program during his battle with pancreatic cancer, and I knew he died of this disease.
Now I know more than I ever wished to know about this ugly disease. I won’t go into the statistics, but I can tell you that in 40 years no significant progress has been made in the realm of pancreatic cancer. In the year 2015, I think that is unacceptable. Organizations like Pancan.org think that is unacceptable too and are working to raise funds for research, government funding and advocacy, patient support and community awareness. Change is happening, but so much more needs to be done.
Significant funding is the only way advancements can be made to find ways to detect it earlier (majority of cases are diagnosed after it has already spread), more research is needed to find more options to treat it, and funding is needed to raise awareness.
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Sometimes it takes knowing someone personally to motivate you to want to do something to help. I hope after all of these years of blogging, that you feel like you know me, at least a little bit. My mom is not a statistic. She is a beautiful, vibrant, 68-year-old wife, mom and grandma that deserves more. The other people affected by pancreatic cancer deserve more.
How You Can Help:
Doing something is easy and doesn’t take much time. Here are some things you can do to help me shine the light on pancreatic cancer this November during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
1. If you are in Orange County, sign up to walk or run a 5K with us on Team Julie on November 14th, 2015 at 10am in Irvine for PurpleStride to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Bring your family. It will be a morning of hope and inspiration. Click here then click Join Team top right to join us!!
2. Make a small donation to my -> personal fundraising page. Any amount counts!!
3. Share this post on social media to raise awareness.
4. Write a post on the – >Today Show Facebook page urging them to dedicate #justoneday to pancreatic cancer in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
5. Wear purple on November 13th, 2015, World Pancreatic Cancer Day and share a photo of your purple power on social media using #WPCD.
Thank you so much for reading this post and for listening to me talk about a cause that is deeply personal to me.
Change is on the way, but people need to start talking about it. And, as a reminder, always listen to your body. If you have a new symptom or something going on that just doesn’t “feel right” – go to your doctor. Wishing you all health and happiness.