YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – When you’re sick, some days are bright and sunny, while other days are a constant storm.
Don Guthrie always stayed ahead of his forecasts, and that’s exactly what he did battling pancreatic cancer, determined to beat it.
From the start, Don didn’t let pancreatic cancer define who he was; he wanted to keep forecasting.
“I feel sorry for people who get up every day and hate their job, but I enjoy getting dressed up and coming to work,” Guthrie said.
His outlook on his diagnosis was to fight it with everything he had in him. He got to ring a bell when he was done with radiation treatment, something that made him smile–as did coming back to work before starting chemotherapy.
Don knew he would have good and bad days with chemo. There were days when he said chemo really did a number on him, but he never complained, no matter how much pain he was in, and he never said, “Why me.”
His attitude became an inspiration to all of his co-workers.
“You got to get a lot of strength from knowing what he went through,” WKBN Meteorologist Rich Morgan said.
Prayers, words of encouragement and cards from Mahoning and Shenango Valley viewers gave Don more determination to fight. It was overwhelming dose of medicine.
“My wife and I sit here and read them and cry a lot, say, ‘Oh, we’ve got to answer that one a lot,” Guthrie said. “It’s really something.”
Don found some relief from pain thanks to acupuncture, and right away, his co-workers saw the changes.
He stopped in the station for visits, his appetite came back and his smooth and calming voice was stronger. During a benefit dinner in his honor in September, Don thought he’d be able to stay for an hour or two.
He stayed almost the entire time, hugging and thanking friends, family and viewers.
“You gotta just keep on keeping on. You just gotta do it. That’s all,” Guthrie said. “Just stay positive. Anybody else that has any problem, it doesn’t matter if it’s cancer or not, stay on the bright side.”
That’s exactly what Don did, all while raising awareness for pancreatic cancer. Even in his final days, Don said he was not done fighting, letting us know there’s never a storm you can’t weather.