Anna's pancreatic cancer fund

Organized by: Holly Ferguson/Tomczak

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Hello! My name is Holly Marie Ferguson/Tomczak. I have a amazing mother who is suffering with pancreatic cancer ( stage 4) we have had many ups and downs through this fight for my moms life! Just yesterday my mom went under for a life saving surgery called a whipple (weird name) but we were so excited for this surgery to finally happen after all the chemo therapy and my mom loosing her gorgeous blond hair we thought this surgery would be the end of all the suffering crying and sleepless nights filled with pain medication and lots of praying! Our family and church family gathered in the family waiting room at Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh pa at five am all smiles and hopes high! About four or so hours later a dr came to talk to my family. Because it is such a long surgery we thought the worst right away . Well unfortunately the surgery has not gone as planned he says. In that moment a feeling came over me I hope you never have to feel a loss of hope and terror took over my entire being. We were not able to get the TUMOR because it is still wrapped in her Solar Plex which is a main artery in the body. See we knew this but the chemo shrunk the TUMOR by forty percent which is a miracle in itself because the first doctor told my mom there is no way chemo would help her and basically go home and die in peace. but we wouldn't take that because we have God on our side. Anyhow it didn't shrink enough but he couldn't tell until he actually got inside my mothers stomach to see for himself. All I could hear was we couldn't take the TUMOR everything else seemed unimportant and pointless... they left some beads around the TUMOR to help the radiation hit the spot better and closed her up and that's all they could do for my mother. A woman who is all about peace love happiness and helping anyone who comes her way! And she is being taken slowly by a disease that has a single digit cure rate pancreatic cancer I have to say it over and over sometimes because I still can't believe it's true. even with all the doctors appointments I look at my mother and can't believe I could lose her. but after this it all became too real The doctor told us six months without the chemo without the radiation that takes so much out of her six months and with all of the pain and suffering from the chemo maybe two years maybe less. I have two children I have a five-year-old daughter who is wonderful and vivacious and smart and funny my mom's best friend! and I have a son who just turned one year old my mother was there when he was born she drove me to the hospital and it was one of the best days of her life the look on her face told me everything! I know it's my mom's dream to take these kids to Disneyland only I don't see how it can ever come true. I live paycheck to paycheck and my mother is currently on disability I think six months and wish I could give her this trip something to make her smile knowing how she dreams of giving her grandchildren this memory of her. see she is afraid my kids are not going to remember her! she's not afraid of dying however I'm afraid of loosing her! If you choose to help my mother make this dream come true know that you're not just helping my mother but you're giving her grandchildren a wonderful memory of her. I can't thank you enough if you're choosing to make this come true for my mother I wish you could meet her I wish you could know what a wonderful amazing person she is how strong she is through all of this thank you so much for taking the time to read this


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