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Cancer Awareness - Cancer and How It Affected Me - November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Updated on March 23, 2015

I am old enough to remember the days when you were diagnosed with breast cancer and literally sent home to die. My great Aunt died of cancer - what kind I am not certain. A close friend's sister just died of cancer. A business associate's son just was buried this past weekend. We lost a talented professional who left two children ages 10 and 12. For me, I have tried to ignore the cancer stories all around me. I have put my head in the sand literally. As November is the month of Pancreatic Cancer awareness, I must recognize this demon that has been haunting me. You see I lost my first husband in 1995 to pancreatic cancer. So when Michael Landon, Cardinal Bernadine, and recently Steve Jobs died of cancer, I did my best ti ignore the trauma. The loss of these great men trouble me. They died too soon. We, as a society, loss too much talent.

I call upon you to learn the facts. Don't be scared like me, lift up your chin and listen and learn the killer that walks among us. We can do something about this disease. The dollars, the notoriety of breast cancer has saved lives - valuable lives - lives that touch you and I. It is now our turn to direct our attention to the disease that continues to kill with the lowest survival rate - less than 5% - pancreatic cancer. This statistic has not changed since 1995. It is a fact that sadly I know personally. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Every day we pick up our smart phone, I feel we should remember pancreatic cancer, in memory of Steve Jobs.

"The overall five-year relative survival rate for 1995-2001 (pancreatic cancer) was 4.6 percent."

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Cancer Awareness - Personal Note From the Author

The author is moved to share this with you on this day and this day only. You see, it is October 31st. A day that is reminiscent of the movie Ghost and a day before the month of November and the National Awareness Month for Pancreatic Cancer. Any other day, the author would prefer to ignore this subject, be scared and run away. Halloween is a time for fun and frolic to the author but recognizing fears and reflecting she aknowleges is a beneficial emotional cleansing. Today the author is owning up to the scare of cancer and how it affected her life, the life of her family and the many other touch points throughout the world.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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November is National Pancreatic Cancer Month

A time to remember the fallen, a time to recognize the survivors and the families battling this terrible disease.

Pancreatic Cancer Facts

  • Research Dollars Limited
  • Technology for Pancreatic Cancer from the 1930s
  • 4th Leading Cause of Death Among Cancers
  • Survival Rate - Less Than 5%
  • Pancreatic Cancer Has Touched You - We Have Loss Valuable Talent

A Rare Cancer - 3% - Pancreatic Cancer - Common to Famous People

Steve Jobs Re-Envisioned 7 Different Industries

Cancer Awareness - One More Day and Cancer Research

Dedicating research time and effort to pancreatic cancer may offer just one more day. One more day to a loved one, one more day to the arts, one more day to science may mean little things like a father to a son, a husband to a wife.

Things One More Day Could Mean...

One more day could mean the difference of a great movie called Ghost. I watched Ghost with tears. You see, it brought back the memories of my husband. Imagine the world without the movie Ghost.

One more day could mean a man finding God.

One more day could mean the development of the smart phone.

Laurie MacCaskill Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

Patrick Swayze and Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness ...because it matters

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Cancer and Its Far Reaching Effects

Yes, the world has been impacted by cancer. Each of us all have a story. I will share a small piece of my story with you in an effort to showcase how we must ban together to fight this disease.

Cancer and The Many Touch Points

Two years after my husband's death, I was still coping. I was attending a huge conference somewhere in Chicago. I don't remember where or why, the purpose was not poignant but the one person I met was very poignant.

I sat next to a woman whom I struck up a conversation. Never met her before, knew our paths would never again pass but it was friendly table conversation - nothing more.

During our business conversation, she politely asked where I was from - standard question and I gave my standard answer that I was living in.... and originally from Rockford, Illinois. She lite up immediately, oh, I know Rockford a close friend of mine lives there and share with me that a wonderful man died of cancer two years ago.

I was shocked beyond belief. I knew immediately she was talking about my late husband. I didn't wish to lie to her, I didn't wish to ignore my relationship. What was I supposed to do? The time frame was perfect, the description of the man and how loved he was by this friend of her was evidence that I knew she was describing my late husband.

I was brave, faced my demons for the sake of my husband's memory and kindly stated that man was my husband. She was shocked and felt very bad. I replied that he was my best friend and that we had 7 great years together - 7 years was a gift.

I was proud that I didn't break down and cry. I was proud that deep within me I found the words to answer. I remain to this day greatly moved by her open and energetic enthusiasm of how wonderful this man was! I can fully understand that. He touched allot of lives.

My late husband was remarkable. His children are just as remarkable. His children have welcomed me into their lives permanently. Having no children of my own and no other family until my recent 2nd marriage, I am forever grateful. I love them all very dearly.

My late husband was charismatic. He would walk into a room and everyone wanted to be near him - even IF he never said a word. He, himself, knew this happened all the time. A coworker of mine met him only once when he was very close to death and yet he stated the aura around him was very special.

God does wonderful things and giving me the opportunity to be married to this man was very special. I wondered IF I wasn't perhaps the right one for him. You see, he was 100% older than me. I was 28 and he was 56! Yes, I responded to Whitney about the age difference doesn't matter. I understand it is hard for others to comprehend. After my husband died, I questioned IF his life wouldn't have been better with someone else. I openly expressed this to his son. I loved the man and wanted only the best for him. I wondered why...

His son stated that he never saw his father so happy as when he was with me! That remarked has left a lasting impression and continues to help me understand this tragedy decades later.

Believing in God - One More Day with Cancer

My husband and I argued about the existence of God. It was a tough argument for our age differences but I stood strong. My husband refused to be helped in any way. He felt his body was always good to him and he could move and do everything himself. The only assistance he accepted was his brother driving him to the cancer treatments. He and his brother would take our two golden retrievers for a walk everyday. The cancer literally ate his body alive. A man of muscle usually was reduced from a firm and fighting 180 lbs to less than 100 lbs. Yet he refused to accept any help from me. I prepared meals and did what I could but waiting on him for anything was not going to happen. He was half Italian and half Irish - I share this with you to understand the force of will power he had - the strength of determination of these two great nationalities were highlighted and complemented in one excellent package of a great man. A man of wisdom, personality and self-determination. On the last night of his death, my husband asked for a glass of water. You must understand, he never asked for anything, let along for me to bring him something. I was half his age but I was his equal. Asking for something was not within his personality. I was surprised but readily fetched the water. The next statement from him was the most remarkable statement of all. Remember my husband didn't believe in God? His reply to me when I handed him the glass of water was "God bless you." Not an unusual reply normally but remember our hours of discussion, argument about the existence of God?

This was his last night with me. He died several hours after I went to bed. It was his way of saying he found God. What IF he didn't have one more day? How many people need just one more day? You see I was lucky in a million ways, this one day meant the world to me. This one remark has remained comforting through the years.

20 Years Later

Fast forward twenty years later, I married the man of dreams. He has many of the same great characteristics of my first husband. To me, he is my soul mate. We share many things in common including our age - less than 5 years difference. Yes, it took 20 years to find him but well worth the wait.

Famous Quote by Steve Jobs

Famous Quote by Victim of Pancreatic Cancer
Famous Quote by Victim of Pancreatic Cancer | Source

One More Day - Tribute to Michael Landon

Cancer Awareness - Cancer Research Needs Your Help

Cancer research needs your help. One more day means allot to family members and individuals afflicted by this disease. One more day means the world could be greatly hindered or helped. Cancer has the possibility of taking talented lives. Talented lives that reach across the miles, across the oceans.

When you pick up your smart phone, I challenge you to remember how cancer could have destroyed this new technological convenience. The life of Steve Jobs has literally impacted our world.

One more day makes a difference. Don't let cancer have one more day, take the time to reflect upon cancer and if you can send a donation, say a prayer, share with others your thoughts on this disease.

Support cancer research, it matters to each and every one of us - make one more day possible.

One day made a world a difference to me, to quote a great man - "god bless you."

Famous Quote by Victim of Pancreatic Cancer
Famous Quote by Victim of Pancreatic Cancer | Source

Article contributed by GmaGoldie - Kelly Kline Burnett

Cancer - What One More Day Could Mean

Cancer research benefits the world, touching one man, touching one woman, helping one family affects all of us. Making headway into cancer research is critical for mankind. Steve Jobs put the power of technology in hour hands. It is therefore critical for each of us to put our focus, our energy, our resources into cancer research.

"One more day could mean a man finding God."

"One more day could mean the development of the smart phone."

"One more day for one man or woman would mean the world - together we can change the world."

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Please feel feel to share your story and your cancer connection with us. If you can, explain how one more day would have impacted you and your family.

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    • CelebrateUSA profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Kline 

      3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hi Jasjeet Kaur,

      I don't have many regrets in my life but treating pancreatic cancer with surgery - the odds were against it but we pushed forward. Looking back, it was selfish of the family and inconsiderate of the patient. I wish I had your wisdom back then.

      Thank you so much for sharing - we all learn and grow together.

      Blessings to you and your family.

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      3 years ago

      My father is 84 years old and detected with pancreatic cancer.He is suffring from obstructive Jaundicemore than 18 lavel.

      I only wish that my father will not suffer with pains etc. and travel their life journey in peace.

      Thats why because of age factor we are not giving any surgical treatment.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Dear thesingernurse,

      Thank you so much. It is a story that was needed to be told long ago. Finding the courage to recognize the words was hard. I think we all ignore pain - that is our protective nature.

      Life is very good and much richer for the experience. I hope in some small way it helps others. The main thing is to recognize the beauty of life and how fragile it is. Helping others, recognizing Cancer's power to destroy is critical.

      Our humanity is all inter-related. Cancer just needs to be cured. We can do it if we work together.

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      As of now, all we can do is help each other to bring about awareness about Cancer. Cancer's able to destroy humanity only if we go parting ways. But when this demon sees that we're all in this together, I don't think he could really keep up with that.

      I am so moved by this hub. Your sincerity shows in every word you wrote here. I hope you're happy now with your life and may God bless you with more blessings in the years to come.

      Have a great day!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Ask DJ Lyons,

      Oh, how we hear the terrible news and yet the personal traumas you and others have endured are the life changing stories. Wishing you many more days, years and decades. Praying for information and funding for cancer research to ease the pain of millions.

    • Ask_DJ_Lyons profile image


      6 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      I'm so sorry for the loss of your late husband. He sounds like a wonderful man. You too sound like a wonderful woman. God bless you and yours! As a breast cancer survivor, I am so grateful for multiple "one more days." Since I am in remission aka cancer-free, I have the wonderful blessing of transforming this into "one more year, one more decade, etc." With this time, I hope to help and bless multiple others as I was blessed by the power of so many people's prayer. God bless you!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      So nice to meet you here in Hubland. I am working now on a Hub about this gentleman who came to dinner with us. When I finish, may I link your Hub to mine? I was doing some research last night, and I learned that Atheta Franklins is undergoing treatment now for P. Ca.

      See you again soon.....

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Oh, how sad and yet how wonderful you were able to have the gentleman at your Thanksgiving table.

      This is a hard subject for me with losing my best friend, a remarkable man. It is an important subject for people to recognize we spend millions on medical and yet some diseases are left unnoticed.

      I pray the future hold better treatment for those with this insidious disease we call pancreatic cancer.

      Thank you stopping by. I look forward to reading more about your 1900 home renovation.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, I was going to write Hub about this subject, then I looked to see how many others were out there. I found this Hub and I'm glad I did. Thanks for sharing your story. I had a gentleman come to our Thanksgiving dinner, he told us all he was dying of Pancreatic cancer. I couldn't believe it, but he died the next day. Nice to meet you....

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Poetic Fool,

      You described it perfectly - "insidious". My husband went through the same stages. I do believe knowledge is power and if we identify the problem and address it, we can make the world a better place.

      All Surety Bonds,

      Thank you so much, It is important for us to know and for us to share. It has taken me some time to be able to share. I hope the family of Steve Jobs and others who have died from this terrible disease recognizes we can make a difference for the future.

    • AllSuretyBonds profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this hub! I think it is important for people to be aware of things around us and I appreciate you sharing your story.

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      Poetic Fool 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for this excellent hub full of important and useful into. My father-in-law died from pancreatic cancer about 12 years ago and last month both my sister-in-law and oldest brother, both just 58, were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within 2 days of each other. They both underwent the "Whipple" procedure and are waiting to start their chemo and radiation treatments. Pancreatic cancer can be particularly insidious so early detection is key. Thanks for highlighting this with your hub. Knowledge is power.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing with others. I think if we expose this disease we can make an impact and save lives and valuable talent that we need - not just for the United States but for the world. Steve Jobs changed the world - having a communication device in our hand and his vision of what it could do is amazing. I look forward to the new mobile revolution which will bring us all closer together.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      It is amazing what we can do with knowledge. Team work really does pay - breast cancer is a perfect example of the power of working together. Hopefully we will make advancements in health and medical with our new mobile technology by learning more about each of us and the traumas that we hold tight inside.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I lost a cousin to pancreatic cancer. She was also to young but she put up a good fight. I remember when Michael Landon was diagnosed, heartbreaking. I could go on about Patrick and Steve Jobs but I will end this comment with thank you for sharing and I intend to share with others.

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      Kitty Fields 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Wow. A cruel and scary reality, but if we band together and try to push for more research we just might beat it yet. Right now the focus seems to be so much on breast cancer that the other forms of cancer seem to get swept under the rug...I always wondered why that was. Voted up and awesome. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Yes, cancer has touched so many of us. I pray that it touches us less and less and our children and grandchildren have less of the hardship of seeing friends and family die young from this disease.

      Chasing Riley,

      It is surprising how many people have a family member or friend who have died from pancreatic cancer and yet the research dollars are not there yet. I hope people stand up and take note that this cancer has not been addressed and we are all accountable.

      The effect of pancreatic cancer is a tidal wave across the world. It simply should not have a survival rate of less than 5%.

      I hope the family of Steve Jobs can harness their emotions into a benefit for fighting this terrible disease. The disease is scary, the scariest things we tend to ignore.

      Steve Jobs fought for change, changed over 7 different industries. Changing the awareness of the lack of research funding is a change Steve Jobs can make for all us. Steve Jobs final tribute could be in the field of health/cancer research and prevent others such as your uncle or my late husband from dying a victim from this disease too soon.

      You are right - 5% survival rate is simply not acceptable.

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      Chasing Riley 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you so much for this hub. The story of your husband saying God bless you was incredible. My uncle died of pancreatic cancer. I know how devastating it is. Thank you for reminding me to donate this year specifically to pancreatic cancer. In this day and age, 5% survival just isn't acceptable.

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      7 years ago

      Good information. Cancer has touched so many of us. It is an epidemic.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Thank you for your kind words. It is important and useful information. Not investing our time and resources can hinder our progress fighting disease. If we recognize how cancer affects all of us - individual and the social good, we can become a better humanity.


      Sharing a personal story was hard for me but for the right cause - raising cancer awareness is important.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      A very thoughtful and compelling personal story. It deserves rereading, and I intend to do so.

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      JR Krishna 

      7 years ago from India

      Dear GmaGoldie, Thanks for bringingout this hub at the correct time. Being a health care professional, I have seen lot of pancreatic cancer patients and their sufferings. Very useful information.


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