Steve Jobs and the Big C

The world lost a visionary leader and an iconic legend in the industry of technology as Steve Jobs died Oct 5, Wednesday at age 56. ┬áIndeed, Steve Jobs changed the way all of us live and his contributions during his reign at the top of Apple with the company’s offering of iPod portable digital audio player in 2001, the iPhone headset in 2007, and the iPad tablet computer in 2010 will remain with his memory in all of us. He will also be always remembered with remarkable products like Apple II, the Mac, Pixar, and the Apple Store.

While Apple’s products continue to receive a very high acceptability and demand among consumers, Steve Jobs struggled with health concerns and was battling pancreatic cancer since 2004. What is pancreatic cancer and what is its cause?

The pancreas is a gland situated high in abdomen that produces most digestive enzymes and insulin that regulates blood sugar levels. It has 2 types of glands: the exocrine glands that produce enzymes that break down fats and proteins, and the endocrine glands that make hormones like insulin that regulate sugar in the blood. It was the tumor in endocrine glands that Steve Jobs battled with. Pancreatic cancer causes few symptoms in its early stages, the condition is often not diagnosed until the condition is relatively advanced and almost impossible to cure.

A diagnosis of the big C does not mean you need to put your life-or career- on hold specially during an early detection. If you or you know someone battling with pancreatic cancer or any other type of cancer, it is best to let let your family and friends know your situation as they can be an invaluable source of support. With medical advances today and with early detection of the cancer, we are given a greater fighting chance than ever before. But most of all, let us entrust that God is our ultimate healer and in His hands we lay down our lives. To the great man that we once had, we salute you and we thank you with all of our hearts, not only because of the great products you shared with the world, but by being a true inspiration of the spirit of an enduring human ingenuity.

 

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