In Loving Memory of Albert J. Young

 

On Palm Sunday in April 2012 at a family dinner my husband Albert J. Young's brother said to him Al what is wrong with your eyes? The whites are yellow. The next morning, he called our family doctor and told him, he said to go straight to the emergency room. For the next five days Al stayed in the hospital undergoing many tests. The gastro doctors said we believe it is a rare cancer you should get other opinions. We went to Columbia Presbyterian and were told it was caught early enough and that they would perform a whipple surgery. After 10 hours in surgery the doctors believed they had it all but confirmed it wasn’t the rare cancer they first thought it was. It was confirmed that it was Pancreatic Cancer. He then underwent 6 months of chemotherapy followed by 5 weeks of radiation. It was a tough year but Al was strong and got through it with me, our two daughters and many family memembers and friends by his side. He lived the next 4 years healthy and cancer free. Then in February 2016 a 6 month CT scan showed that there was a tumor on his pancreas in the same spot it was 4 years ago, my husband, daughters Alexandria and Erica and I were devastated but confident that he would beat it again. But, that would not be. After seeing 4 other doctors we knew that surgery was not an option. The tumor was too large and encompassed the portal vein. The only treatment would be chemotherapy to try to contain it. The chemo didn’t

work and the cancer began to spread through the fluids that would fill his stomach. By December 2016 the cancer was in his stomach, intestines, bowel and esophagus. It hurt him to just swallow water. The last 2 weeks of Albert's life were horrendous. He couldn’t eat or drink. My girls and I were by his side with the help of hospice to keep him comfortable. He passed away on January 14,2017. He left his wife, daughters, mother, sisters, extended family and friends devasted and heartbroken. No one should ever suffer from this horrendous disease of Pancreatic Cancer the way that my husband did.

                                                                                                                          Written by: Jackie Young

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