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Survivor Story: Steve Kelly
Father's Day 2014 will be truly amazing. If I burn the burgers, no sweat; we'll order pizza. If it rains from dawn to dusk, oh, well, my lawn will look great. A so-so tie from the kids? I'll wear it all day with a favorite, well-worn T-shirt. You see, a year ago the odds of me being here today were about 1-in-4. Two weeks after running in the 10-mile 2013 Broad Street Run in Philadelphia at a clip 6 minutes faster than the year before, I started on a diet of common over-the-counter drugs to quell stomach pains. If...
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Survivor Story: Bob Myers
In September of 2009, at the age of 60, a stone lodged in my kidney prompted a painful trip to the ER where they did a CT scan.  The doctor said, "You do have a large kidney stone but there is something else going on in there.”  I didn't know at the time how that "something else" would change my life.  The next month I underwent a seven hour operation to remove a baseball sized pancreatic neuroendocrine cancerous tumor, 40 percent of my pancreas, spleen, and twenty lymph nodes.  The cancer had spread to eight of the lymph nodes....
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Survivor Story: Mike Santina
It all started with an itch.  It was February and I had my typical winter cold and the itch started just as I was coming off a round of antibiotics.  I went back to urgent care, and they assumed it was a penicillin allergy and gave me a high grade steroid.  This knocked the itch away but in April, it came back stronger than ever.  It felt like I had rolled in fiberglass; I was itchy head to toe.  It was an itch like I had never had - in my fingers, my eyes, and even my ears.  Nothing helped ease the pain.  I struggled with this for about three weeks...
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Survivor Story: Christine Chandler
On June 24, 2007, I turned 45 years old.  I had just been diagnosed with diabetes and was starting to itch like crazy for weeks.  On July 17, 2007 I had a follow up with my cardiologist and everything looked great, except for this crazy, ugly, "bottled tan" look.  My doctor ordered blood work and a CT scan.  They found a blockage in my bile duct and recommended an ERCP.  So, on July 24, 2007, I had the ERCP and my doctor found a tumor.  He came in to the recovery room and I knew immediately there was something wrong.  He said, "I have found a growth,...
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Survivor Story: David Bayer
In January of 2012, just a few months after my 40th birthday, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  At the time of my birthday, I was feeling very tired and having digestive issues.  I went to the doctor and I was told I had diabetes.  Weeks later, it was determined that I needed insulin.  Just as I was becoming devoted to my new healthy lifestyle, I became jaundiced and it wasn’t going away.  A couple of determined doctors knew something wasn’t right and refused to give up looking.Extensive testing revealed a small...
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Survivor Story: Jen Rossell
I was originally diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer of the duodenum in August, 2013.  I had a tumor that was bleeding, which caused me to collapse a month before my diagnosis.  This was the only symptom I had.  I felt great and was an active 40 year-old mom of three.  No worries...until this hit.  I live in a small town in northern Pennsylvania, and the nearest hospital is over 20 miles away and isn't equipped to handle anything more than the small stuff.  I needed to travel one-and-a half-hours to a major hospital to get treatment....
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Survivor Story: Eugene (Gene) O’Callaghan
I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July, 2011.  I was playing tennis one day and noticed my urine turned dark.  After three days I went to the doctor’s office to have what I thought was a urinary tract infection treated.  A CT scan was ordered after an analysis of blood work.  The scan revealed a tumor on the tail of the pancreas.  My wife and I hit the ground running.  Doctor visits were quickly set up; additional scans, endoscopy, and biopsies were ordered.  A stent was placed in my biliary duct to keep it open to prevent the jaundice that...
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Survivor Story: Anggie Becorest
It was only this year, when I was fundraising for my first PurpleStride, that the majority of my friends found out I was diagnosed in 1996 with pancreatic cancer.I was 32 years old.  I exercised regularly, ate healthy, and had no family history of the disease.  My daughter was only 2 at the time.  How could this be happening to me?I couldn’t keep any food down, I was very lethargic, and I had excruciating stomach and back pain.  The primary care doctors couldn’t determine the cause of my...
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Updated Survivor Story: Clinical Trial Participant - Kim Vernick
The Alien inside meNo this is not a mental illness even though I think I would prefer it to be.  This alien is cancer.  Why me, I ask? I have never been sick a day in my life unless you count colds.  I am an avid tennis player and a pretty good one I may add.  I even dappled in yoga for a year prior to acquiring my alien.  Yoga was fun but it was not easy for me as I am not your most limber sort.  Walking was great…I could walk indefinitely but had to be aware of the time so I could return home before...
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Survivor Story: Peter Suess
I’m 67 years old and a 4 year and 3 1/2 month survivor, but who’s counting!  My story started in June of 2009.  I was feeling very sluggish while on vacation with my family in Galveston.  I couldn’t take long walks on the beach; I was too tired.Besides the fatigue I began to have other symptoms. I had tremendous itching, some weight loss and my urine changed color. I called my family doctor because I thought I had a kidney or bladder infection. He caught that I was turning jaundiced. He sent me...
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