If you are truly lucky you will find people in your life that profoundly impact you over long periods of time. They positively influence how you think, feel about people and the world, and bring perspectives that otherwise would never have been known to you.
Peter Tupy is truly one of these types of people. A friend I have known and loved for over 30 years. It is from this friendship, and many others he has fostered, that we bring his story to this forum.
In September 2014 Peter was diagnosed with Stage 3 Pancreatic cancer. He immediately started Folforinox chemo therapy treatment at Mass General in Boston. This intensive treatment lasted through January. After the Folforinox treatments came 28 rounds of Chemo-radiation therapy to attack the tumor and seek to shrink it. His positive outlook and faith never wavered (at least outwardly) throughout these extremely trying times.
Fortunately, and against the odds, Peter's cancer responded well to the therapy's and he underwent a Whipple surgery to remove it. The surgery is intensive and removed his gal bladder, part of his stomach, intestine, and of course the tumor itself. While Peter is considered "cancer free" as a result of the operation, Peter continues to struggle with chronic fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and has not been able to maintain his weight (he was thin to begin with)!
Peter is extremely grateful, gracious, and humbled by this experience. He has demonstrated these qualities to the doctors that guided his treatments, and the friends that supported him throughout. There is one person however that without a doubt saved Peter's life, and that is his wonderful wife Nelly. Her love towards Peter is so strong, so honest, so enduring that together they faced the illness, uncertainty, grief, and stress. She has been a remarkable and faithful love to Peter. Moving from her native country of Peru, making a life here together with Peter. Not an easy life, but a compassionate and caring one.
Peter has been out of work for over 10 months. This is not out of want, but a result of the major fatigue and ongoing results of his treatment and surgery regiment. Like many people Peter has exhausted his savings, and without the capacity to return to a regular work schedule, your support of he and Nelly are so very much appreciated.
A few things you should know about Pete: He speaks 3 languages fluently, he is a masterful guitar player, his photographs are as good as anything you will ever see, and he is an excellent painter (plug for his small business).
Thank you dearly,