I remain the luckiest person I know. As a pancreatic cancer survivor, I am blessed to celebrate the anniversary of my Whipple surgery each year. In 2021, my family and I came up with the term Whippleversary. 🙂 I am so grateful for Whippleversary seven in 2022.

I wish you all the best. It is possible to extend one’s life beyond the forecasts.

Before reading the post, look at this new shirt I bought in remembrance and thankfulness for my rare longevity.

Grateful for Whippleversary Seven


February  12, 2022: Grateful for Whippleversary Seven

I know that Valentine’s Day was yesterday, February 14. But for me, February 12 will always be my special day. And every year, the family celebrates by being together. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Here, we are — with half my head. LOL.

Grateful for Whippleversary Seven

I’ve mentioned before that when I was first diagnosed in January 2015, the odds were low that I would be around for my daughter’s wedding in October 2015. But due to tremendous support and love from family and friends, and excellent medical care from a large number of caring doctors, I will always be a proud survivor.

And I want to convey on this special day that you need to always be hopeful about your future. Positive thinking does matter. Surveys bear this out. As the late Jim Valvano said until his last breath, “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

Treat yourself well. Visit the doctor regularly. Get your blood tested annually. If you think you might have an issue, act as early as possible. Acting sooner than later may save your life.


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