GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – One of the most well known game show hosts on television Alex Trebek recently announced that he is battling pancreatic cancer.
“If you don’t do treatment the life expectancy is about four to six months, with treatment it’s about a year,” Dr. Stephen Dyar, with Bon Secours St. Francis, said.
But one man in Greenville County is beating those odds after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December 2012.
“They said it would be six to 12 months and you kind of block it out, but you can never unhear those words and we are still here it’s almost been 7 years. But I’m kind of like Alex Trebeck, I want to be here long enough for my grandchildren to remember me,” Eric Kuhn, who’s living with pancreatic cancer, said.
With his family by his side, Kuhn has traveled the world, met his grandkids and even plays golf twice a week all while living with an uncurable cancer.
“Don’t let fear rule your life, I even still have hair, but I lost it twice though,” Kuhn said.
His hope is that with Trebek’s diagnosis and will to fight, it will bring more attention to pancreatic cancer.
“I don’t think there is as much money sent or spent on pancreatic cancer than on other things like breast cancer,” Kuhn said.
But both Kuhn and his doctor said it comes down to having that positive attitude and want to keep on living.
“The fight is on going. Stewart Scott who was an ESPN commentator once said you don’t beat cancer by curing cancer, you beat it by the way you live, the manner of your treatment and the way you approach it,” Dr. Dyar said.
So as Trebek starts his fight, Kuhn is going to keep on fighting.