The Outdoors Guy is ‘Flourishing!!!’

Two weeks ago, The Outdoors Guy had his regular blood work,  CT scan and then an appointment with his oncologist, Dr. Paula Gill of Mayo Clinic, La Crosse to review the results.
Since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer May 8, 2015, he has periodic tests and CT scans every six months to be sure the tumor hasn’t once again reared it’s ugly head.
Unbelievably, it is nearing the six-year mark since his diagnosis and he is still going strong. Once again, test results were excellent and his appointment with Dr. Gill went well, too.
According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or PanCan, Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., behind only lung cancer and colorectal cancer. It was expected to become the second-leading cause after lung cancer around 2020. The overall five-year survival rate from pancreatic cancer is only 9 percent.
Another interesting fact: Pancreatic cancer is the ninth-most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the 10th-most commonly diagnosed in men.
PanCAN states the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients increased from 6 to 9 percent between 2014 and 2017. PanCAN also notes that although it seems like scant progress, a 3 percentage point rise means more than 1,700 people across the country survived five years when they would not have three years earlier. Amazingly, The Outdoors Guy is included in that statistic!
As he nears his six-year anniversary, The Outdoors Guy continues to find joy in the simple things in life, namely being out in nature on a daily basis. When he says he’s going to the boathouse, I think to myself, “Let. Him. Go!!!” Besides God and family, it is the next best thing to have kept him alive!
An added bonus is yesterday when he had his first COVID vaccination with the second to follow in three weeks.
No one can predict the future. But, our family has had more “future” with The Outdoors Guy than we ever thought possible nearly six years ago!
Dr. Gill was right on the mark when she told him at his most recent appointment, “You are flourishing!!”
He is and we are very grateful to God and blessed for every day his life story continues!!!