pancreatic cancer. In light of Steve Jobs passing, I thought I'd post something very close to me about pancreatic cancer. Keep in mind this is in no attempt to take away from Steve's memory. It just felt like a good time to post about it. Keep in mind that I don't use facebook or any social networking site for that matter. I keep in contact with my friends and family through email, text, and phone calls. I also keep in touch through various forums such as these with the various hobbies I have. In many ways I keep much of my personal life close to the vest. I appologize to anyone upfront if they feel this isn't the place to discuss this sort of thing. One of the things that I've learned from several members on this site is that there is a close relationship between our photography and our own personal lives, and how our photography reflects or represents our lives. I posted back in April some photos from Jacksonville, FL. This is my hometown and where my parents and sister still live. While I was down there my mother was having unusual backpain. Back pain for her was nothing new because she had several arthiritic and degenerative discs. While I was down there, she had a CAT scan done a few days before I left. I'm like my mother in some ways because she didn't want to tell me what was really going on. The week after I came back from Jacksonville that she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. The cancer was inoperable and the only chance was chemo-therapy which might have extended her life by a few months. My mother was a RN and spent years in the hospital. She knew what kind of cancer it was and what chemo would do. She said no thanks. I had visited a few weeks later, Easter weekend to be exact. In some ways my mother hated that I had come down. At that time she was still pretty lucid even from the pain medication. We had our last last serious talk. After I had left my sister informed me she was going downhill pretty fast. 7 weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer she passed away. By the grace of God I was able to spend a few minutes with her before she passed. She was 59. Pancreatic Cancer has been brought to light about it's seriousness through the deaths of famous people such as Patrick Swayze and just recently, Steve Jobs. While I believe all cancer should be researched and the best medicine needs to go toward that research, there still is just very little treatment options and understanding of Pancreatic Cancer. It is hard to diagnose and when there are symptoms, it usually is too late.