Brian & Brianne's Wedding Celebration
To hear the words “pancreatic cancer” is like hearing a curse word, something you just don’t mention or think about. That is probably why nothing could have ever prepared me for the news I had learned back in March 2012. You see, pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. This is mostly due to the lack of any detection tool that can be used to diagnose the disease in its early stages. Thanks to Cablevision’s support of The Lustgarten Foundation, 100% of your donations go directly to pancreatic cancer research.
Many have lost their battle to pancreatic cancer and on May 25, 2012, my world would never be the same. My aunt had gone misdiagnosed for months before finally learning the truth—she had pancreatic cancer. Even with the grave news, we kept our hopes high. It was important to her, and to us, to continue on with our lives. There were many hours spent laughing and crying. It was painfully hard to keep a smile on our faces while we sat back and watched her suffer.
My aunt was an amazing woman. She may not have had children of her own, but my sister and I were everything to her. She was more than just an aunt, she was our second mother. She spent many hours listening to others’ troubles and easing their pain. She had so much love for those around her. She was such a kind, caring and generous woman; she was loved by all. I am honored to have been LuAnn’s nephew and to live on in her memory.
Although she was no longer with us to witness my engagement to Bree, I am happy Bree was given the time to know my aunt and become a part of our family. If it were not for Bree, my angel in disguise, life without my aunt would be that much harder. Every day I know she is with me and she will be there in our hearts on our wedding day. As Thomas Campbell said, “To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die.”
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- Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
- Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no detection tools to diagnose the disease in its early stages when surgical removal of the tumor is still possible.
- Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years.
- The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease is just three to six months.