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Barbara Seman

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Dedication:

I dedicate this to my awesome mom Barb. She is a 4 1/2 year survivor of stage IV ovarian cancer!! She is an inspiration to all.

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My mother is full of life, spirit and hope. She lights up a room as she enters. Throughout her battle with cancer she has shown us all that miracles happen and attitude is 1/2 the battle. She is dealing with the crazy cancer again and starts treatment on Monday. Her attitude is still courageous, even after several recurrances. She has taught me to percevere when life doesn’t seem fair.

Last updated on: 12/28/2008


Comments:

I COULD NOT DO THIS WITHOUT ALL OF THE SUPPORT FROM ALL THOSE THAT LOVE AND CHEER FOR ME. I STILL MISS MY JOB, BUT LOVE HELPING AT CHURCH. THE TRICK IS TO KEEP ON GOING AND DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN WHILE YOU CAN(AND GRAB A NAP IF NEEDED) MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL …B

barbara seman – 12/23/2008

Barbara,
I am inspired by your positive attitude. I am thinking about you and wishing you continued perseverance in your fight against ovarian cancer. I hope you are enjoying this holiday!
Best Wishes!
Marcie

Marcie Herzog – 12/24/2008

to my wife of 37years,we fought the battle before,and will fight it again together.you are a steady captain in a turblent time.thank you

jerry seman – 12/27/2008

Barbara, I’m an (almost) 2 year survivor. I was in remission 21 months, and recently have diagnosed w/recurrence. But I am determined to win, and not only go into remission again, but to WIN. I love your attitude, and attitude is everything! Thanks for sharing your courage, strength, and hope:)

Reenie Lathan – 01/29/2009

After 5 Plus Years we are back in the battle again. For the first time chemo did not work. Barb is in radition treament as write this note. She is still strong and will continue to fight the monster.

jerry seman – 09/16/2009

Spureoir thinking demonstrated above. Thanks!

Vinny Vinny – 06/02/2011

That addresses several of my concerns acutally.

Sunny Sunny – 10/06/2011

Pancreatic cancer can be ttreead for cure under very specific conditions. It spreads by local invasion and via lymphatic channels. If it is caught early prior to invasion in the local vasculature, it can be ttreead for cure via several procedures Whipple (pancreaticoduodenectomy), Total Pancreatectomy, or Distal Pancreatectomy. A major issue is catching it early. The symptoms of this disease early on are usually no symptoms, vague abdominal pain, mild discomfort. It is hard to detect. There is also no good screening that is cost effective. The reason for this is the cancer is not that common, and the tests available are not that cheap. This makes for a very inefficient screening method. The ones out there currently that can detect pancreatic cancer include CT scan of the abdomen and Endoscopic Ultrasound. Both of these tests have their own drawbacks. CT scan of the abdomen involves radiation that may set you up for a cancer. Endoscopic ultrasound requires sedation, a specialist (gastroenterologist), and has risks of perforation. Also the tests need to have a high degree of sensitivity (meaning that there is a high number of people who have the disease also test positive). Endoscopic ultrasound is being used more for symptomatic pancreatic cancer, but I do not know of studies used for screening the general population.Another issue is it’s proximity to other organs. It is near the duodenum, stomach, inferior vena cava, aorta. It is also a part of the biliary system and liver. It can spread to many important organs easily.There is some increased hope on the horizon as new chemotherapy drugs are being developed. Dr. Vickers at the University of Minnesota is doing clinical trials on a new medication that will hopefully help with treating the disease.

Katy Katy – 03/29/2012