Category: Survivor Series

Tara Petta’s Powerful and Amazing Story of Hope

In 2014, Tara Petta’s worst fears came true when she was diagnosed with cancer. To make matters even worse, it happened to be the most deadly form of cancer: pancreatic.  “Getting cancer was always a huge fear of mine,” Tara Petta says. “If someone was complaining about something, I would tell them ‘Put it into… Read more »

Pancreatic Cancer and Survivor’s Guilt

When we think of survivor’s guilt, we often imagine specific, obviously traumatic scenarios. We think about the soldier who feels tormented because he lost friends he served with in war. We envision people who have lived through devastating natural disasters. But other groups of people live with survivor’s guilt, too. In fact, it is quite… Read more »

Tonia Runs the Bryce 100

In 2013, I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. I was 44 years old, fit and healthy. I had recently run my first 100 mile race at the Vermont 100 endurance run. I had followed that up with a win at the Bear Chase 100k. Just seven weeks later, I was in the hospital having surgery… Read more »

Coping with Metastatic PC

There are few moments in life that have a more profound and far-reaching impact than hearing the words, “You have Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer.” Receiving a diagnosis of inoperable, metastatic Pancreatic Cancer is clearly a life-changing event that has an all-encompassing impact on both patients and their families. We spoke with several patients who are… Read more »

Survivors Talk about Treatments

In this Part Two of a Three Part series about living with inoperable Pancreatic Cancer, we hear from survivors about the treatments that they receive. In Part One, we learned about how challenging it is to diagnose Pancreatic Cancer. Symptoms are often vague or non-existent, which delays patients’ getting an accurate diagnosis. Most patients are not… Read more »