Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

17 Nov

Without wishing to tempt fate, but simply with the hope that I can help pancreatic cancer suffers like myself, I’m about to publish to blog. 

It’s exactly a year since I was diagnosed.

My mother was a BRCA2 gene carrier and so am I. Life works in strange ways. The gene might be a life saver. It just happens to be the 3rd anniversary of her death – so hopefully the timing is right.

9 Responses to “Fighting Pancreatic Cancer”

  1. Pamela at 12:10 pm #

    what a wonderful blog! I wish you many, many more happy and healthy years of blogging about this, and other subjects!!

    • Felicity at 4:10 am #

      This blog is a major contribution to all.

    • fiona at 2:25 pm #


  2. Orly Haim at 8:51 pm #

    Indeed a beautiful blog. What an interesting, inspiring and noteworthy blog! KOL HAKAVOD!
    Your fight again cancer is indeed a challenging one.
    I wish you GOOD HEALTH and many more years of health, happiness and fulfillment.
    Your family is really one of a kind.
    All the best,
    Orly Haim (Pam’s colleague and friend)

  3. Tzippi and David at 12:55 pm #

    Martin: You are courageous, inspirational and wise! Wishing you and your most loving family years of togetherness and naches shlepping, sonnet readings and smiles. May we find a refuah to this plague….may your blog draw attention to the hope that Jews know all too well….
    With great fondness,
    Tzippi and David

  4. Iris Kivity-Chandler at 3:01 pm #

    I am in awe of your ability to stay positive despite having gone down to the brink of existence at one point. You are an inspiration and may you live long from both a personal perspective and one that shows what it means to seek alternative care and have that succeed. Please explain why the BRCA 2 gene is also a blessing, as you put it?
    Iris (Orly’s cousin)

    • Hi Iris, thank you for your comment. It seems that while the BRCA 2 gene can raise your risk of getting cancer, carriers of the mutant gene may also respond better to chemotherapy.
      There’s a lot of information about BRCA mutant genes on the web, and Israel has a new support and information group on this subject –


  5. Ruth Oren at 9:37 pm #

    I am speechless, Martin, I hardly know you and yet I feel as though I’ve known you for years!I have admired Pamela for many years-getting to know her from the Shakespeare lectures-whenever she spoke of romance or love one could easily see her own love for you being reflected.Your ability to share your feelings and the descriptions of your experience helps to get closer to you without being in the way.
    Your help in volunteering with the Lions of Judah is priceless and I wish and pray that you continue believing in mind over matter! Thank you for opening your heart to us and continue your blog-not only is this informative but you prove to be a very talented writer!
    All the best, Rutie Oren-Chair of Lions of Judah

  6. Ilana Lobel at 2:18 pm #

    Martin, you and your family are such wonderful, “true” people. Well done for creating this honest blog חזק ואמץ! Much love and encouragement to you all

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