It has been a very short and intensive period with lots of movements from hospital to hospital. Seeking medical attention and getting all sorts of medicine yet little or no change to the excruciating pain my Father was going through. It all started in May when Dad came back from the village all weak and drained. We all thought he just needed rest but little did we know that this was the beginning of a journey full of uncertainties. He had never taken as much drinking water as he took at that time. This raised concerns but as a Family we just let it be. A week after, he started getting weak and we took him to the hospital, the doctor diagnosed Diabetes and was put on insulin injections for 2 months to stabilize the high sugar levels with the hope that he will be healed! A month into Diabetes, he starts to complain of a sharp abdominal pain, we inform the Diabetes doctor who assures us that its part of the side-effects of Metformin and that some people get those side effects and Dad was among them. He advised we continue taking the insulin injection which we did for a week until we changed the hospital. Visiting another Doctor, we were told the same story and he also found out that Dad has a heart problem and he prescribed some medicine. At this time, Dad is starting to have sleepless nights and we can't bare it anymore. We ask friends and families for help and they propose we go to another hospital. We did as advised and the doctor discovered ulcers. We were given medicine for that as well for a month but there was little change and Dad started complaining of a back problem. Around this time, he had lost over 15kgs in a space of 3 months. We become helpless and confused about all the transpiring events until we went back to the first Doctor who diagnosed Diabetes and he proposed to do an MRI.
It was after we got the MRI results that we found out Dad's pancreas had lesions and they have spread to the liver. It was a dark moment for us but we kept thinking that this could change after the Biospy but we were not that lucky! It was confirmed that he has Stage IV Pancreatic cancer. A disease that is very difficult to diagnose and always surfaces in its last stage. The other news is that all this is happening during Covid with little access to medicine as I come from Uganda and most of the medicine is imported. We were told to seek for medical attention in India. How we flew him to India was a miracle! A story for another day! As a family, we are kindly asking for your prayers and financial assistance in anyway possible so as to cover the medical expenses. Each day that goes by is a miracle for those familiar with Pancreatic cancer, I am sure you can relate. For all cancer patients out there, we are strongly praying for you.