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Meet Teona Ducre, a 44-year old single mom of two who decided to LIVE BOLD after her pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
It all started with a phone call… “Teona, it’s Dr. Lee. I found something on your CT scan this morning that I could not have predicted. There’s a mass in your pancreas. I need you to get to a surgeon right away. Worst-case scenario—it might be cancer. I’m sorry.”
Ironically, that call came on April Fools’ Day, 2016, but it was far from a joke. What started out as an annoying stomach ache had now turned into a possible cancer diagnosis. Just moments earlier, Teona Ducre was enjoying a cool spring day with her friend, and now she was trying to wrap her head around the individual words: mass, pancreas, cancer. While the call with her doctor lasted just a few minutes, her heart was dropping. She didn’t know much about pancreatic cancer except that people don’t often survive it.
A teacher, Teona’s spring break took a sudden turn from watching sunsets and sipping wine. The next two weeks were spent at an array of doctor appointments that included two different surgeons, blood work to determine tumor markers (the first step in diagnosing cancer) and a PET scan to determine if there were signs of masses anywhere else in the body. That was followed by two weeks of outpatient appointments to have an endoscopy biopsy and to insert the port.
As you can imagine, Teona wasn’t thrilled with any of this. But she says, “I sucked it up with a smile and a pep in my step knowing life had changed and this is where I was now.” Thirty days after that initial call, she began chemo and life really took on a whole new meaning. Things had changed; some for the better.
Since that day, she has been bound and determined to not let cancer steal her joy. In fact, it has become her signature hash tag on most of her social media posts. The one thing Teona decided that very first day is that she would live as normally as possible, and she would live boldly. Teona refused to let a pancreatic cancer diagnosis ruin her life.
Where is Teona today? As of last week, she celebrated the two year anniversary of her remission!! ***
It's #Givingtuesday ! Donate to link in bio please.
Mary Kent Ellis, a 44-year-old wife and a mother to three young girls, was recently diagnosed with stage one pancreatic cancer. Her journey began after suffering her third miscarriage. A woman with strong faith, she prayed for an answer for the loss and shortly thereafter began experiencing an unusual pain in her abdomen. Unsure of the origin of the pain, her husband strongly encouraged her to see her doctor. Even though the labs and tests came back normal, Mary Kent’s doctor ordered a CT scan. Shortly afterwards, her doctor urged her to return immediately.
When she arrived her doctor showed her the scan, which revealed a shadow on her pancreas. Over the next few days, Mary Kent would have an MRI and an endoscopic ultrasound biopsy. And just as Mary Kent had hoped, the biopsy came back from pathology as not malignant.
Mary Kent consulted with two medical teams and received two different opinions. Faced with conflicting guidance, Mary Kent turned to prayer and ultimately made the decision to undergo surgery. Her medical team at Piedmont Healthcare felt she should have the tumor removed.
On March 26, 2018, Dr. Page performed a distal pancreatomy and splenectomy. The initial pathology report was wrong. Mary Kent had pancreatic cancer.
Only 75 days after surgery, she began the next phase of her recovery. Her medical team at The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Piedmont Healthcare utilized precision medicine to tailor one of the most aggressive chemotherapy regimens.
Anyone who has been through chemotherapy understands how exhausting it can be, but Mary Kent never lets it get her down. She says, “There are worse things than having pancreatic cancer. It puts your entire life into perspective. The little things just don’t matter anymore.”
Mary Kent knows that all of us face challenges and this is her current challenge that she faces with strength, integrity, optimism and strong faith. She says that this trial has only strengthened and deepened her faith and passion for life.
Mary Kent feels gratitude for what this experience has given her—quality time with the people she loves most and the importance of an impactful life.
#givingtuesday is tomorrow! Your gift will help us save lives in Atlanta, GA by funding pancreatic cancer clinical trials. Every dollar counts because every life counts. See link in bio to donate. 💜
Learn the early symptoms of pancreatic cancer and please visit your doctor if concerned. Early detection is the first step towards survival. 💜 #victoriousoverpancreaticcancer
Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day and as most of you reading this you know just how much pancreatic cancer has affected my family... 💜
The first picture was taken at my cousin Deni’s wedding...at this time my grandma, pictured in the gray sweater, was in stage 4 with her cancer. Little did we know on this day that within 8 years we’d be losing another 2 members in this photo...and one other not pictured... Aside from making people aware of pancreatic cancer today and reminding people to get checked when symptoms arise I want to make people aware at just how precious life is and not to take one day for granted... This is one of my favorite photos and when my mom was sick in the hospital I brought it and hung it in her room...it’s one of the last photos I have of my mom and her siblings and parents...forever cherished... #pancreaticcancerawareness #curepancreaticcancer #angelsinheaven
It's World Pancreatic Cancer Day!
Today is a time to honor the patients and their families, to raise awareness, to learn the symptoms, and to support the medical community aiming for a cure.
Our mantra all around the world today is simple... #demandbetter .
Thank you for all the support you've offered Destroy Pancreatic Cancer. We're closer than ever to launching our first funded clinical trial in Atlanta!
Mark Gelinas Will Never Be a Pancreatic Cancer Statistic! •
The day before Thanksgiving in 2014, Mark Gelinas was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For someone who had just proposed to the love of his life and was always healthy, the diagnosis came as a huge shock. •
After months of grueling treatment and with an unwavering will to beat the disease, he survived. In fact, he’s survived every recurrence that’s followed—and there have been many. •
Recently, he offered insight about some of the challenges a pancreatic cancer patient might experience and will be forced to manage. He knows this, because what you’re about to read is a snapshot of his cancer journey. Mark has lived through: • 16 weeks of some of the most caustic chemo therapy. • One week in intensive care after becoming septic and the body going into septic shock. • 12-hour, highly difficult surgery to remove the cancer. • A local recurrence and 16 weeks of additional chemo, followed by one week radiation to the abdomen. • Metastases to the brain; extremely rare for pancreatic cancer. • Radiosurgery to the brain to treat the metastases. • Additional tumor found in brain requiring another radiosurgery. • Metastases to the spine; also extremely rare for pancreatic cancer. • Surgery to place an Ommaya reservoir in the brain for direct chemo access to CNS for treatment. • Hospital admission with five days sedation in Neuro ICU to determine illness. • Spinal meningitis through infection in reservoir.
Reservoir removed from brain. • Treatment for spine metastases via lumbar punctures.
Mark doesn’t complain about his journey. In fact, he so freely encourages others, while making it his life’s mission to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer. The human spirit is amazing, don’t you think? During his hardest moments, Mark is striving to save someone else’s life. •
So, no, Mark will never be a pancreatic cancer statistic. He's our dear friend and our hero! •
Has Mark’s Story Touched You? He asks that you support Destroy Pancreatic Cancer by making a donation that will help to fund pancreatic cancer clinical trials in Atlanta. Click link in bio please. #destroypancreaticcancer
Day 12 is dedicated to Noel Irvine. I met his wife Kerry Irvine in 2013 and their story of true love cut short, broke my heart. They were going to renew their wedding vows not far from the Surf City marathon which was a race I dedicated to them. They have two beautiful children. Kerry’s husband Noel lost his battle to PC in 2011. Kerry has been so active raising, hope awareness and funds in the name of her husband and everyone affected from this horrific disease. From Ireland to the UK across to America. Her dedication has no limits to curing this disease. Check out her latest work in Northern Ireland. https://www.nipanc.org/
Keep up the amazing work. We love you Kerry.
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#pancreaticcancerawarenessmonth day #8 : I #gopurple and #wagehope for my #dad "Papa Cookie" who might have been considered a medical #success , surviving 23 months post #diagnoses ....... As happy as I am to have had those additional months, I'm not willing to accept 23 months of life as a success. #PANCaware #teampapacookie #curepancreaticcancer #pancansucks
Pancreatic cancer doesn’t always present early symptoms, but when it does, action is so important. Early detection gives pancreatic cancer patients the best chance of survival. Lets #destroypancreaticcancer . 💜 #Repost @worldpancreatic with @get_repost
Today marks the beginning of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Remember to wear purple and raise awareness on the importance of knowing the signs and risks of #pancreaticcancer .
November is pancreatic cancer awareness month and it’s time to honor all the pancreatic cancer warriors!! We will destroy pancreatic cancer with your help. Please order a shirt today and wear this perfect life mantra. Proceeds help us fund pancreatic cancer clinical trials. Order link in bio. 💜💜💜 •
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Early diagnosis is key. Please do sponsor me for my live Instagram poetry recital tomorrow at 14.00 in aid of pancreatic cancer U.K. and in memory of my Dad.
https://join.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/fundraisers/samanthaallen/fall---s-call---a-poetry-recital-on-instagram-live #pancreaticcancer #pancreaticcanceruk #cure #cancer #monster #reachingout #support #curepancreaticcancer #takingiton #battle #stoppancreaticcancer #earlydiagnosis #raisingawareness #sponsorme #savelives #donatetoday #everylittlebithelps #allaboard #goodcause #inmemoryofmydad #amazingman #myhero
We walked a 5k today for my dad! We lost him this past April to Pancreatic cancer. He fought a good fight. So I had to explain to my daughter there was no medal or trophy for this run/walk. The reward is finishing because everyone doesn’t get a chance to cross the finish line, so we do it for the ones that can’t. She understood and wanted to run across the finish for her Papa! RIP dad! #purplestride2018 #strollerstrides #cancersucks #WeWorePurpleForHim
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Hope everyone had a great weekend. I used the pro and nocturnal palettes by @delancibeautyofficial on my eyes @itcosmetics pressed foundation @loreal primer on face and lashes @elfcosmetics on brows and highlight and contour. #undiscovered_muas #curepancreaticcancer #curelukemia #stopbullying #tardivedyskinesia #love #peace #stophunger #breastcancerawareness #mentalhealthawarness #dontturnablindeye #behappy #youarebeautiful #beauty
Look no further for your #sundayfunday plans. Enjoy great food, delicious drinks, a photo booth and more—all for a great cause!
Purple Pansies Pancreatic Cancer Organization, a fellow pancreatic cancer non-profit is hosting a family friendly, business casual, Pre-Gala event this Sunday from 2:30-4:30pm at Casa Nuova in Alpharetta, GA.
Have fun and help save lives! Purchase your $50 tickets here: http://purplepansies.org •
Help us #destroypancreaticcancer •
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Happy Sunday to everyone. I tired some of the @lorealmakeup #professional magic perfecting base and it is awesome. It only takes a rice size amount to cover your whole face and feels amazing. #undiscovered_muas #curepancreaticcancer #curelukemia #stopbullying #tardivedyskinesia #love #peace #breastcancerawareness #mentalhealthawarness #dontturnablindeye #youarebeautiful #peace
Ani channeling Aretha. 💜 #CurePancreaticCancer
Today we honor Brandon Lanham, a pancreatic cancer warrior who never gave up. Heaven won a great family and business man last week. He’ll be forever missed by those who love him. Be sure to honk in his memory if you his company’s truck rolling through town!! 💜
Help us #destroypancreaticcancer Donate today. Link in bio. •
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Hope everyone has a great Thursday. I really am loving my @delancibeautyofficial 3 pc palette. I even used the lip palette as a liner on my eyes. And of course I used my usual @itcosmetics cc foundation. and contour and mascara. Necklace from @ebay. #undiscoveredmuas #curelukemia #curebreastcancer #curepancreaticcancer #curelupus #tardivedyskinesia #mentalhealthawarness #loveyourself #stopbullying #dontturnablindeye #fuckbreastcancer #stopchildabuse #loveyourself #beyourself
It’s not Angels in the Outfield but Angels on the Mound, Taylor Cole ( @tayjcole ) of the Angels representing our foundation on and off the field and is also the first player in Los Angeles in the MLB to do so. Thank you for spreading awareness to our foundation brother💜💪🏼 God Bless you Taylor Keep Throwing that 🧀🧀. Welcome to the Keep Smiling Fam 💜💪🏼 #catchcancerlooking #whatweplayfor #su2c #⚾️🔥💪 #queso #100mphclub #heater #angels #CurePancreaticCancer
Happy Tuesday! Having fun and trying some new looks with my new @delancibeautyofficial #pro eyeshadow palette and some glitter #undiscoveredmuas #delancibeautyofficial #itcosmetics #curebreastcancer #curelukemia #curepancreaticcancer #mentalheathawareness #love #peace #stopbulling #youarebeautiful #dontturnablindeye
Happy Monday everyone. @it cosmetics foundation, mascara and contour @makeuprevolution USA eyeshadow and mermaid highlighter necklace and bracelets from @ebay #undiscoveredmuas #itcosmetics #mentalhealthawareness #dontturnablindeye #curebreastcancer #curelupus #curepancreaticcancer #tardivedyskinesia #love #stopbulling #youarebeautiful
Happy Tuesday. Yes I do have on makeup, but this pic is more to show how proud I am of myself for losing over 20 lbs. I still have some more to go, but I am happy with my progress. All products are tagged. #undiscoveredmuas #curelukemia #curebreastcancer #curepancreaticcancer #curelupus #tardivedyskinesia #mentalhealthawarness #loveyourself #stopbullying #dontturnablindeye
R. I. P auntie you fought hard now you're free. Love you 💜💜💜 #curepancreaticcancer