Pancreatic cancer survivor to Alex Trebek: ‘You got this!‘

(THE DAILY MEAL) — On March 6, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announced he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The following is an open letter to the television personality from a long-time survivor of the deadly disease.

On January 5, 2012, I received the most devastating news: I had cancer. I had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I had stage 4 inoperable pancreatic cancer — a surefire death sentence. I was reluctantly told that I had about nine months to live.

I was filled with fear, sadness and disbelief. I thought, “How is this even possible?” I was married to the love of my life for 11 years; I had two amazing boys, Jake (then 8) and Ryan (then 6); and a job that I absolutely loved. But my life, as I knew it, changed forever in an instant.