Obituaries and Death Notices, Sept. 25-29, 2009Written by Administrator | | email@example.com
‘Christmas’ woman grateful for life
Beverly Kanthak made it through her April birthday.
She even enjoyed some of the summer, her favorite season.
But the woman who told Toledo Free Press in a December cover story, “Last Christmas,” that she did not want the holiday to come because she knew it would be her last, has died.
Kanthak, 62, was given four to six months to live when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last October. She beat the odds, and made it to July 30.
“I wanted to thank Toledo Free Press for allowing Beverly to tell her story and for her being able to spread the word about not taking ‘no’ for an answer, when it comes to your health,” her friend April Throckmorton wrote in an e-mail.
Kanthak’s first bout of cancer was in early 2006, when she was diagnosed with stomach and esophageal cancer.
She recovered only to feel that all-too excruciating pain again.
Kanthak went for a PET scan at a mobile unit because she relied on Medicaid to help pay medical bills. Nothing was found. The pain persisted, and one month later, she had a second PET scan at the Toledo Clinic.
It was pancreatic cancer, and she had a spot on her liver and each lung. She told Toledo Free Press that she often wondered if her fate would have been different if it had been found sooner — if she had had insurance.
“I have had a good life and I am blessed for every single minute that I have had,” she said in December. “I am really, truly blessed. Sometimes I don’t think this is fair and I get mad and everything, and then I turn around the next minute and all of my blessings show through.”
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