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    If you are from New Orleans, you have probably gone to Ochsner's. I had my biopsy done there in March 2011, Stage II Pancreatic Cancer. The 1st surgery date they came up with was 5 wks. later on May 5th. With that type cancer, YOU CANNOT BE PUT OFF AT ALL. We decided to go to MD Anderson instead. They did their own CT Scan and at that point they said that they treat the cancer first with chemo/rad then operate. I didn't have surgery until 9/26/11. It was 12 hrs. long. I would definitely go THERE! Doing great thus far!

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    Celebration (Remission): As each CT scan I have had shows no indication of the disease returning, I am grateful to God for this blessing. I try not to dwell on the "what if's". We will be leaving 9/23/12 for CT scans on the 24th, dr.appts. on the 25th and 26th, which will mark the 1 year surgery anniversary. We pray that all has remained the same.

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    Decision Point (Accepting this diagnosis and trusting I could survive the surgery!): Having been ill at age 29 and having heart disease for 32 years, I was very fearful that I could not survive the surgery. I had no choice. I had to take the chance as Stage II is operable and can be successful. Stage IV may have been different. It was a 50-50 chance, but with my faith in God, my family support, the decision was mute. Like I said, I lived my life as normally as possible and with a good attitude that all would end well. So far it has!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): I had a 12 hr. whipple procedure. Having been heart cleared, I was quite worried that I would have some type of complication, but everything worked out well. We were truly blessed! Recuperation was slow and is still on-going, as side effects of the surgery come and go. I never know when I "won't feel good" and even when "I do feel good". I take it one day at a time and appreciate each day I have with my family. Life has no guarantees. I will not give up without a fight! I stay positive. I laugh, I cry, I have fun. I love. I appreciate my life and spend quality time with all those who are most important in my life. I pray to God and have faith that I will be okay. When my life is over, I do feel that I gave this my best, and I accept what God has in store for me in Heaven. It's a wonderful life.......to live!