In Memory of Dr. Jill Pechacek Campaign
Dr. Jill Pechacek Was Defined By Her Relentless Optimism.
She was a family medicine physician with enormous compassion for her patients. In part because she was a multiple cancer warrior. Dr. Jill survived a bout with ovarian cancer when she was just 25. About 21 years later she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September, 2014.
She said she didn’t have any doubt she was going to defeat ovarian cancer. She did just that and went on to have three children: sons Hawk and Brooks and daughter Hope, who are now teenagers.
Eight years after the birth of her youngest child Hope, Dr. Jill never thought she’d soon be experiencing another bout of cancer. But in September of 2014, pain in her stomach wouldn’t let up. She thought it was either an ulcer or pancreatitis, but received the devastating news that she had stage 4 pancreatic cancer that had metastasized to her liver.
“My survival isn’t about just me, it’s about my kids,” she said.
What she gleaned from a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, she said, "you can't hold resentment in your heart". So many amazing things come out of challenging times, and she felt life was all about deepening relationships and all of the new people that God brings into your life.
She had undergone separate surgeries. One to have her pancreas removed and then two-thirds of her liver removed. Her scan in August 2017 showed no evidence of the disease, but because of significant side effects from having chemotherapy every week for almost three years , she gave up practicing medicine.
she became a motivational speaker to remind people of what's
truly important in life: having faith in God and knowing the
power of prayer; noting that each day is a gift and being around
the people you love and the people who love, support and
encourage you is so important.
Jill felt guided by wisdom from several sources, including Verse 31:25 from the Book of Proverbs that says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future. She urged other patients to “let their faith be bigger than their fear” and underscored that “God has a plan for them.”
The effervescent Dr. Jill Pechacek passed away in January of 2018. She will always remain an inspiration to all that knew her.
Your donation in memory of Jill will directly benefit medical research in pursuit of an easy method of early detection, extending patient quality of life, and ultimately a cure of the worst of all cancer.
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