I can’t believe how fast time flies… I am just taking down the Halloween decorations and it’s already the middle of November. Though I am well aware that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, in the beginning of the month, I struggled with my words.
While my mind meditated in deep thought and my heart explored feelings, I made 3 hats in a dark, deep Homespun purple. Two of these hats are for adult cancer warriors, and the smaller one is for a little girl, someone who perhaps fancies purple.
I am told that, “This is when we remember our loved ones who are no longer with us.” But I remember my sister (in-law) all.the.time and completely miss her at the most unexpected moments. So, I’d like to share some facts on Pancreatic Cancer (source is cancer.org <link>)
The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States are for 2014:
- About 46,420 people (23,530 men and 22,890 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
- About 39,590 people (20,170 men and 19,420 women) will die of pancreatic cancer
Rates of pancreatic cancer have been increasing slightly over the past decade or so.
Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US, and accounts for about 7% of cancer deaths.
The average lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 67 (1.5%).
In a Thanksgiving spirit, I am thankful that Wanda was in our lives for the little bit of time as her impact was large and long reaching. I remember many of the talks we had, especially about Knitting Rays of Hope. She was my inspiration for starting this effort, as together we would sit in the oncology centers and see the need for support, encouragement, hope and love in sometimes extremely bleak situations.
I look around to her, still almost 2 years later and am at a loss…
… though I smile bravely and march on as she showed us all how to do, by her example.