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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): I am adjusting to being a diabetic and trying to regain strength, but all in all I can't complain.

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    So glad to read you're a survivor. I am looking at the Whipple procedure soon. Please send me any insight you may have. Thanks.

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      Stpete

      Hi,
      Sorry to meet this way. I was also told surgery was my only chance. Is your tumor a neuroendocrine tumor?

      I was very lucky to find it incidentally as the doctor had ordered an ultrasound for elevated liver enzymes and they saw the mass on the head of my pancreas. I was referred to a surgeon who has a lot of experience performing whipples. That is very important. He really scared me by telling me all the complications.( out of commission for 6 monthS, drains, fistulas, pancreatic connection not holding, etc.). I guess they have to do that, but luckily things went pretty well. I was also worried about taking the pain medicine, but realized that it was necessary to do what was required to get well. I was in ICU for a day, but even in there they were making me sit up. I really think that getting out of bed, sitting up and walking as soon as possible was what helped speed up healing. I was sent home after 6 days. I had good days and bad days, but it seemed that the bad days happened when I had laid around and felt sorry for myself the day before. It was very slow going at first, but walking, even a little bit, helped with pain and gas. Also my daughter bought a juicer that extracts the pulp and fed me juice drinks the first couple weeks home. Also small amounts spaced a couple hours apart.

      My surgery was February 19th and I went back to work full time may 1st. This involves flying and training at a different site each week. My incision is still a little painful, but nothing unbearable. I do have a lot of stomach noises, but in light of what could be, can't complain too much.

      Before surgery I had done a lot of searches on pancreatic cancer and whipple and there were a lot of horror stories out there, but then there was a comment that struck a note. -Don't believe that everyone who has this surgery has problems, the people who don't are out living their lives and probably not posting.

      My biggest fear during recovery was with every new pain and symptom were things going wrong, but luckily it was just due to either nerves healing or new movements.

      Was this what you were looking for? Good luck with your surgery! Keep in touch and hopefully you won't have the same complications you had last time.

      over 6 years ago
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      Ohhellno

      Absolutely what I was looking for. Thank you so very much. I am grateful for your comments!

      over 6 years ago
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    Oh No (Totally Blindsided): I always expected lung cancer, as I had smoked for many years. This was a absolute shock. But my husband was calm, so I stayed calm when we were told.

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