After enjoying a great Christmas with family and a nearly perfect meandering trip back home down the east coast, Marian found herself facing a new reality. Having lost appetite and weight for a bit of time she went to see the doctor. After some tests, she sent Marian off to the hospital with a hugely elevated blood sugar level and a new diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. A short hospital stay brought down her blood sugar level but because of the impaired pancreas, Marian had to start finger sticks and insulin regulation. It made days uncertain and stressful but she leaned hard on God, Jim and the many friends and family who offered support.
The bright spot of hope centered around the surgery scheduled for the following week which aimed to remove the cyst from the pancreas. Scans showed that the cancer was contained and she went into the day with both the knowledge that survival from the surgery was not certain but with the possibility that the cyst could be removed and she could get much of her life back after recovery.
Sadly, there was a third option and that's what Marian faces today. The surgeorn discovered that the cancer had spread to the liver and so no removal was possible. Efforts moving forward will focus on quality of life after the 4 week(or so) recovery from yesterdays surgery.
Marian is working to take in this unexpected and unwelcome new reality but as she lies in her hospital bed in her fuzzy socks she smiles and says she's at peace. She trusts God competely and knows He and others will walk with her as she moves forward.