Rest in Peace…

I’m sorry to share that my father peacefully passed away on Monday, 11/3/2014 at 2:15pm.

It meant a lot to him to be able to share his experience with Pancreatic cancer with his readers in hopes that even one take away might redirect someone going through a similar ailment on a better path to recovery or comfort.

My dad had a BEAUTIFUL heart. There is so much to be admired about him. Not only was he a model of inspiration in the face of adversity – always maintaining an upbeat, light-hearted attitude and unbelievable positive perspective on life, but he was absolutely thee most selfless being and always put others first before himself. He was compassionate and kind to everyone.

I know the legacy of his heart and soul will continue to live on in all who had the opportunity to know him, it certainly will for me. I already miss him beyond measure and will strive to model myself after him the best I can. Rest in peace dad, I love you!

Below are the services set up to honor his life. Our family hopes that you can join us. Please spread the word:

*Viewing / Rosary / Open Mic:
Thursday, 11/6/14, 6:30p
Snyder & Sullivan Funeral Home
977 S. El Camino Real San Mateo, CA 94402

* Church Service:
Friday, 11/7/14 @ 11am
St. Lukes Church
1111 Beach Park Boulevard, Foster City, CA 94404

* Reception to follow the Friday service (12pm) at:
780 Sea Spray Lane
Foster City, CA 94404
(X street Altair)

In lieu of flowers, and in the spirit of giving to others, I know my dad would prefer that you donate to your charity of choice.

PROLOGUE TO MYJOURNEYWITHPANCREATICCANCER.WORDPRESS.COM BY G W JOWER

SOME TIME AGO AFTER MY SURGERY IN JANUARY 2011 TO REMOVE PANCREATIC TUMORS IN THE BODY AND TAIL OF MY PANCREAS AND ALSO MY LEFT KIDNEY FOR AN INCIDENTAL RENAL CELL CARCINOMA, I STARTED TO SHARE VERBALLY AND IN EMAILS TO FAMILY FRIENDS AND PATIENTS MY TAKE ON WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO ME WITH MY UNEXPECTED PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH CANCER. IT TOOK A LOT OUT OF ME TO REPEAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN HOW I FELT, WHAT I WAS DOING, AND MY RESEARCH ON WHAT I AND OTHER EXPERTS THOUGHT I SHOULD DO AND NOT DO. AT ANY RATE, MY DAUGHTER, KRISTEN, WHO WORKS FOR YAHOO, FOUND ME AND EASIER AND MORE MODERN WAY TO TO SHARE MYJOURNEYWITHPANCREATICCANCER.WORDPRESS.COM BY SETTING UP AND ADMINISTRATING A BLOG ON WORDPRESS. ALL MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, PATIENTS AND OTHER PEOPLE WITH CANCER HAVE TO DO IS GOOGLE WAYNE JOWER BLOG AND THEN CLICK MYJOURNEYWITHPANCREATICCANCER.WORDPRESS.COM AND THEY CAN GET PART OR ALL OF MY ONGOING STORY AS A SURVIVOR SO FAR OF PANCREATIC CANCER. EVERYBODY HAS A STORY AND CHALLENGES IN LIFE THEY HAVE TO COPE WITH AND LIVE WITH. PEOPLE IN GENERAL DON’T LIKE TO BE BOUGH DOWN WITH OTHER PEOPLES PROBLEMS ESPECIALLY THEIR DOCTORS. THEY COME FOR HELP, NOT FOR MORE BAD NEWS. I UNDERSTAND THIS. SO I TRY TO STAY UPBEAT AND HELPFUL WHICH MAKES ME FEEL BETTER AND BE MORE HELPFUL.
ENJOY THE POSTS. THEY REFLECT MY BODY MIND SPIRIT DISPOSITION FROM JANUARY 2011 TO THE PRESENT. IF YOU CAN GLEAN JUST ONE THING TO HELP YOU IN YOUR JOURNEY OF LIFE, THAT WILL MAKE IT ALL WORTHWHILE TO READ THIS. GOOD HEALTH AND LONG LIVE TO YOU!
PEACE AND LOVE, WAYNE

I AM CURIOUS. ARE YOU CURIOUS?

MY LAST ULTRASOUND OF THE ABDOMEN REVEAL NORMAL ECHOGENICITY. THERE IS NO INTRAHEPATIC DUCT DILATATION. THE COMMON BILE DUCT CALIBER IS WITHIN NORMAL LIMITS. THE GALLBLADDER IS PARTIALLY CONTRACTED AND DEMONSTRATES A THICKENED WALL MEASURING 5MM. THERE IS SLUDGE WITHIN THE GALLBLADDER. THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT INTRAHEPATIC DUCT DILATION. A STENT IS SEEN WITHIN THE COMMON DUCT. THE VISUALIZED PORTIONS OF THE AORTA, INFERIOR VENA CAVA, SPLEEN, AND THE RIGHT KIDNEY ARE NORMAL. THE LEFT KIDNEY WAS REMOVED. THE PANCREATIC HEAD IS SUBOPTIMALLY SEEN. HOW ABOUT THE LARGE HYPERMETABOLIC MASS AT THE HEAD OF THE PANCREAS EXTENDING INTO THE UNCINATE PROCESS…THAT SHOWED UP IN THE PET/CT SCAN I HAD 08.15.2014? AT MY LAST VISIT WITH DR BOUCH, HE TRIED TO LOCALIZE BY DEEP PALPATION THE 5X3X6 CM MASS IN THE UPPER ABDOMEN WITHOUT SUCCESS? BEFORE MY ANTICIPATED FOCAL RADIATION OF “OMEGA” LAST WEEK OF OCT., DR PATEL WILL DO A CT SCAN OF THE ABDOMEN TO DELINEATE THE MASS. I NEED TO SEE IT BEFORE SUBJECTING MYSELF TO RADIATION TX AND THE COMORBIDITY THAT GOES WITH IT IN ORDER TO GO FOR A 30% CHANCE OF IMPROVEMENT? THIS IS MY LIFE SITUATION AND OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. HOW ABOUT YOU?
PRESENTLY, I AM TAKING ENTEROMEND AND COLOSTROPLEX RECOMMENDED BY ANDREW GAEDDERT, LAC, GLUCOSE CONTROL ORDERED BY EVELYN SHINODA AT VA, AND DANDELION THISLE JUICE PROVIDED BY HENRY, AND INSULIN REG AND NPH PROTOCOL PROVIDED BY ANN SCHAIMEN,RN, AT KAISER FOR GLUCOSE AND DIABETIC CONTROL.
I AM AN “OUTLIER” TO WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT FOR A PATIENT WITH PANCREATIC NONSPECIFIC NEUROENDOCRINE CANCER; AND EXHIBIT “DIVERGENT” BEHAVIOR IN THE ROUTINE ACCEPTANCE OF WESTERN AND EASTERN PROTOCOLS FOR TREATMENT OF THIS CANCER. HAVE YOU SEEN THE MOVIE, DIVERGENT? IT IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING.
IN TRADIDIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE, CANCER IS RELATED TO AN IMBALANCE OF YIN AND YANG AND ALSO, THE 5 PHASES OR ELEMENTS OF FIRE=OVERJOY, EARTH=PENSIVENESS, METAL=RUMINATION, WATER=FEAR, AND WOOD=STRESS/ANXIETY. SO THE RIGHT MENTAL STATE AND SPIRIT WILL GO FAR IN ASSISTING OUR BODIES TO ENDURE, CO-EXIST, AND LIVE IN HARMONY OR KEEP AHEAD OF THE CANCER WITHIN.
GOOD RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATION IS PROMOTED BY MUTUAL RESPECT, GRATITUDE, AND KINDNESS; POOR RELATIONSHIPS AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION IS PROMOTED BY DISRESPECT, LACK OF GRATITUDE, UNKINDNESS, AND ARROGANCE BY ONE OR BOTH PARTIES. SO IT IS YOUR CHOICE. WE CAN’T CHANGE OTHERS, BUT WE CAN EFFECT HOW WE BEHAVE AND THINK OURSELVES. PEACE AND LOVE, WAYNE
PS: PHIL, HOW ABOUT A CARTOON OF OMEGA DRAGGING DOWN A LIFE GUARD WHO IS TRYING TO SAVE IT OR A SLEEPING LIVE VOLCANO IN THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII (PARADISE)? CARTE DIEM!

EMBRACE LIFE WITH MASSIVE ACTION. NO MESSING AROUND. TIME IS OF ESSENCE.

TODAY WHILE I WAS RECEIVING MY INFUSION OF ALPHA LIPOIC ACID BY AMY AT HILL PARK MEDICAL CENTER IN PETALUMA,I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING PR WHO WAS ALSO GETTING A SIMILAR ALA INFUSION AND LATER VIT C INFUSION. PR IS A 64 YEAR OLD MALE WHO HAD A WHIPPLE PROCEDURE DONE 3 YEARS AGO WITH SUBSEQUENT RADIATION OF THE AREA. HE IS PRESENTLY BEING TREATED FOR 3 TUMORS THAT HAVE METASTASIZED TO HIS LIVER. ACCORDING TO MD WEB, THERE IS A 20% CHANCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THE WHIPPLE PROCEDURE DONE TO LIVE 5 MORE YEARS. FORTUNATELY, PR DOES NOT HAVE DIABETES AND IS PRODUCING SUFFICIENT INSULIN AND DIGESTIVE ENZYMES TO METABOLIZE FOOD INTO USABLE FORM AND ENERGY. PR LOOKS GREAT AND IS ACTIVELY RECEIVING TREATMENT FOR HIS LATEST LIVER PROBLEMS. PR, I APPLAUD YOU.
TO TAKE YOUR MIND OFF YOUR CANCER, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE YOUR TALENTS AS AN ANIMATION ARTIST TO POKE FUN AT MY PANCREATIC CANCER LOCALIZED IN MY REMAINING HEAD OF MY PANCREAS. IT’S NAME IS “OMEGA” WHICH SYMBOLIZES BOTH YIN AND YANG, BIRTH AND DEATH. RECENTLY, OMEGA DOUBLED IN SIZE AND CREATED BLOCKAGE OF MY COMMON HEPATIC DUCT WHICH I WAS VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE A STENT PLACED IN IT TO REOPEN IT TO MY DIGESTIVE TRACT. OMEGA HAS BEEN A BULLY, A TROUBLE MAKER EATING MOST OF MY FOOD AND LEAVING ME CRUMBS TO LIVE ON RESULTING IN LOST OF 40 LBS PLUS. THAT RASCAL! I TRY TO LIVE IN HARMONY OR SYMBIOSIS WITH OMEGA. THERE IS ROOM FOR BOTH OF US IN MY GUT. PR, CAN YOU CREATE AN APPROPRIATE CARTOON OR CHARACTER THAT WILL SYMBOLIZE OF EPITOMIZE THE CANCERS WE BOTH HAVE TO DEAL WITH IN A VERY POSITIVE AND INFORMATIVE WAY FOR OUR LOVE ONES AND READERS???
AS FOR YOU, I RECOMMEND YOU TALK TO DR BOUCH OR AMY ABOUT TAKING HERBAL FORMULAS SUCH AS ECLIPTA, ASTRAL ESSENCE, AND MARROW PLUS; AS WELL AS AVAIL YOURSELF TO ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS TO SUPPORT AND ENHANCE YOUR CURRENT TREATMENTS OF YOUR TUMORS IN THE LIVER.
WHATEVER YOU DO, EMBRACE LIFE WITH MASSIVE ACTION. RAY CHARLES ONCE SAID, NO MESSING AROUND. DO IT NOW WHILE YOU ARE WELL AND ABLE. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON AND IMPROVING.

CURRENT TX PROTOCOL; FUTURE HEALTH CONCERNS AND ACTION

WELCOME TO NEW READERS FROM THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY HEALTH CONCERNS SYMPOSIUM 2014. GREETINGS TO MY REGULAR READERS. LIFE IS A SPECIAL OCCASION!

MY CURRENT PROTOCOLS OF SELF TREATMENTS ARE BALANCE MY FOOD INTAKE BOOST HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS WITH MY INSULIN REQUIREMENTS FOR REGULAR ON NPH INSULIN 4X A DAY. AS ANDREW GAEDDERT RECOMMENDED TO ME AT THE SYMPOSIUM YESTERDAY, I WILL TAKE BEFORE EACH MEAL ENTEROMEND AND COLOSTROPLEX FORMULAS TO SUPPLEMENT PANCREATIC ENZYMES FOR DIGESTION AND ENHANCE LINING OF THE GUT IMMUNITY FROM LEAKY GUT SYNDROME.

DO QI GONG WITH 3 LBS WEIGHT IN EACH HAND TO BUILD UP AND BALANCE OUT QI IN MY BODY AND INCREASE MUSCLE MASS IN MY ARMS.

IN THE AM, TAKE LISINOPRIL FOR BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL, A MULTIVITAMIN, THISLE, D3, BOOST AND INSULIN. IN THE PM, TAKE ALPHA LIPOIC ACID 900MG, NALTREXONE 4MG, AND VIT B12 TO CONTAIN OR SLOW DOWN “OMEGA”, DANDELION THISLE JUICE, AND INSULIN.

I HAVE CHRONIC DISCOMFORT 3-4/10 IN MY LOWER ABDOMEN WITH INTERMITTANT NAUSEA AND METALLIC TASTE IN MY MOUTH. I HAVE 4-6 BOWELL MOVEMENTS A DAY AND WAKE UP AT NIGHT 3-4 TIMES A DAY TO URINATE. DURING FOCAL RADIATION OF “OMEGA” AFTER MY TRIP TO GERMANY OCT 12-24, I WILL RESUME ASTRAL ESSENCE FOR MY KIDNEYS, HUANG QI FOR IMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT AND ENHANCE TO BOOST UP MY QI AND BLOOD.

I’VE FOUND THE BEST WAY TO BREAK THE PAIN CYCLE IS DISTRACTION OR DIVERSION BY DOING THINGS YOU ENJOY, BEING WITH LOVE ONES, WORKING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST, AND BEING OF SERVICE TO YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, PATIENTS AND THOSE WHO HAVE BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN YOURS. KEEP ON MOVING NO MATTER WHAT, ALWAYS HAVE HOPE; AS LONG AS YOU HAVE QI, YOU ARE ALIVE. KEEP THE FAITH, STAY UPBEAT AND POSITIVE. I HOPE YOU FIND AT LEAST ONE THING THAT WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR PATIENTS AND LOVE ONES TO FEEL BETTER AND COPE WITH LIFE’S DEMANDS. LIFE IS A SPECIAL OCCASION BY HALLMARK:)

LIFE AND RENEWAL. DON’T BE BITTER, RECONSIDER OPTIONS!

APA1SAW MY PCP AT KAISER FOR SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF A BLOCKED HEPATIC DUCT FROM MY LIVER TO THE SMALL INTESTINES WHICH ARE JAUNDICE, SEVERE PRURITIS, DARK URINE AND HEAT/INFLAMMATION OF THE WHOLE BODY. SHE REFERRED ME TO THE GASTROENTEROLOGIST DEPT WHERE DR. STEVEN NUGUYEN SCEDULED ME FOR A PROCEDURE TO OPEN UP THE DUCT WITH A METAL STENT VIA ENDOSCOPIC RETROGRADE CHOLANGIAL PANCREATIC PROCEDURE. IT WAS DONE BY DR MING CHIU IN THE HOSPITAL UNDER SEDATION ANESTHESIA ON OUT PATIENT BASIS. WOW! IT DID THE TRICK. SYMPTOMS ARE RESOLVING AND NEW BLOOD WORK SHOW REDUCTION OF ABNORMAL LIVER ENZYMES.
HOWEVER, WHAT TO DO WITH THE GROWING PANCREATIC CANCER IN THE HEAD OF MY PANCREAS (OMEGA)? DR PATEL AT KAISER RADIOLOGY AT CANCER CENTER IN SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO PROPOSE FOCAL RADIATION OF OMEGA 5 DAYS A WEEK FOR 5 WEEKS WITH OR WITHOUT CHEMOTHERAPY TO COVER CANCER CELLS FLOATING IN THE BODY. CHEMOTHERAPY WOULD ALSO INCREASE THE EFFECT OF RADIATION OF THE PANCREATIC TUMOR. SIDE EFFECTS OF CHEMOTHERAPY TO MY REMAINING KIDNEY, LIVER, AND PANCREAS WOULD NOT BE GOOD.
I WILL PROBABLY HAVE FOCAL RADIATION WITH OR WITHOUT CHEMOTHERAPY DONE AFTER OUR TRIP TO GERMANY OCTOBER 12-24. HOLLY AND I WILL HOOK UP IN HAMBURG AND BERLIN WITH 2 FAMILIES I MET WHEN I WAS STATIONED WITH US ARMY WITH NATO FORCES IN GERMANY 1968-1970.
PRESENTLY, I AM IN NO GREAT PAIN. I AM ON INSULIN R AND N TO CONTROL MY DIABETES. I WILL CONTINUE AND PROBABLY INCREASE INFUSIONS OF ALPHA LIPOIC ACID PLUS VITAMIN B12 BY AMY IN PATALUMA UNDER DR BOUCH DIRECTION AND TAKE ALA SUPPLEMENTS DAILY WITH PSORINUM HOMEOPATHIC SOLUTION. DO QI GONG WITH 3 POUNDS WEIGHTS FOR 20 MINUTES EACH DAY. SEE PATIENTS WHEN I CAN, BLOW MY HORN WITH THE WEST BAY COMMUNITY BAND ON MONDAYS AND BEAT THE DRUM ON TUESDAYS WITH THE ASIYA SHRINERS TO TAKE MY MIND OFF MYSELF AND OMEGA.
MY BROTHER OFTEN SAYS, “DON’T BE BITTER,RECONSIDER” ESPECIALLY WHEN THINGS DON’T ALWAYS GO YOUR WAY AS WITH THE GROWING INTRUSION OF OMEGA ONTO MY LIVER DUCTS. THE STENT IN MY COMMON HEPATIC DUCT IS GOOD FOR 1 YEAR.
I AM WHAT THE ONCOLOGISTS AT KAISER CALL AN “OUTLIER” TO WHAT THEY WOULD EXPECT TO HAPPEN WITH LIKE PATIENTS IN MY SITUATION. THE CANCER I HAVE NORMALLY APPEAR IN THE LUNGS. MINE IS A NONSPECIFIC NEUROENDOCRINE TUMOR SIMULAR TO THAT FOUND IN THE LUNGS, IN MY PANCREAS. IT HAS BEEN 4 YEARS SINCE THIS WAS DIAGNOSED. AND I AM STILL ALIVE AND KICKING. WHAT A SURPRISE! GO BEARS! THANK YOU MY LORD FOR NOT GIVING MORE THAN I CAN HANDLE OR CARRY ON MY SHOULDERS AT THIS TIME. DANKE SCHON BRUCE FOR BEING THERE FOR ME.

KE PASA? POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE HAPPENINGS. NOW WHAT?

BODHI AND KRISTENMY RECENT LAB WORK SHOWED LIVER PROBLEMS WHICH MAY BE THE CAUSE OF MY ITCHINESS THROUGH OUT MY BODY AT NIGHT FROM BILIRUBEN IN MY BLOOD. GLIPIZIDE ALSO CAUSES PRURITIS AS A SIDE EFFECT. MY RECENT PETSCAN OF MY BODY REVEALED ENLARGED DOUBLE THE SIZE OF OMEGA, MY PANCREATIC TUMOR IN THE HEAD OF THE PANCREAS AND ITS INTRUSION INTO THE HEPATIC DUCTS CAUSING OBSTRUCTION AND DILATATION OF THE DUCTS. MY ORAL MEDS METFORMIN AND GLIPIZIDE ARE CONTRAINDICATED FOR LIVER DISEASE. SO DR SAINI HAS REDUCED MY GLIPIZIDE TO 1/2 MY CURRENT AMOUNT TO 1 IN THE AM AND 1/2 AT NIGHT. I AM TO STOP TAKING METFORMIN WHICH ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO WEIGHT LOSSĀ  AND NALTREXONE WHICH IN GREAT AMOUNTS IS CONTRAINDICATED FOR LIVER PATHOLOGIES. NOW WHAT? I WILL RELY ON INSULIN REGULAR AND NPH TAKEN ON A SLIDING SCALE FOR GLUCOSE READINGS TAKEN 4 TIMES A DAY WITH MY GLUCOSCAN. HOPEFULLY, THIS CHANGE WILL STOP MY BODY HEAT AND INFLAMMATION AND PRURITIS AT NIGHT AND HELP ME GAIN WEIGHT. I AM NOW 133 LBS. DR SAINI HAS SET UP APPOINTMENTS FOR ME TO TAKE AN ULTRASOUND OF MY LIVER AND GALL BLADDER, SEE AN ENDOCRINOLOGIST AND GASTROENTEROLOGIST TO HELP ME MANAGE MY DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE UPSETS.

I WILL ALSO SEE MY CHIROPRACTOR FOR A SPINAL ADJUSTMENT AND READING OF MY LATEST PETSCAN; AND SEE AMY FOR INFUSION OF ALPHA LIPOIC ACID; AND NUTRITIONIST AT THE VA FOR NUTRITIONAL ADVISE.

WITH EACH NEW CHANGE GOOD AND BAD, I NEED TO SEEK A BALANCE BETWEEN YIN AND YANG EXTREMES. I NEED TO FIND A PLACE OF COMFORT IN THE MIST OF BODY MIND AND SPIRIT TURMOIL. I CONTINUE TO DO CHI GONG IN THE MORNING. TODAY, I DISCOVERED A BOOK BY MY MENTOR BILLY GRAHAM; NEARING HOME; LIFE, FAITH, AND FINISHING WELL. AS LONG AS GOD STILL HAVE A PLAN FOR ME, I WILL REMAIN ON EARTH.

PS: I HAD A GREAT VISIT WITH BODHI, MY NEW GRANDSON AND PARENTS AUGUST 4-6. MY GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER, LAYLA, WILL BE 1 YR OLD ON SEPT 28.