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Survivor Story: Scherry Samuels
My husband and I were on vacation in Florida in January, 2013, when I started itching. It was uncontrollable, middle of the night, holding a bag of frozen veggies to calm my hands itching. Believing I had an allergic reaction to something, I went to a walk-in clinic and was prescribed medication for the itch. I’d been to the doctor multiple times for months just feeling ‘off’ — general lethargy, depression that came and went, digestive issues, but nothing showed up in tests. After we moved on to the next campground I got a call to go to the...
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Survivor Story: Diane Borrison
In July, 2014 I celebrated eight years of stage II pancreatic adenocarcinoma survival. I was diagnosed because my yellow skin and eyes sent me to my doctor to find out what was wrong. Prior to that time I had always considered myself to be very healthy. I've always been physically active. I never smoked nor been overweight. I had recently had a little weight loss, but who wouldn't welcome that? Tests and scans indicated cancer and seemed to show that I was a candidate for the Whipple surgery. How and why had this deadly cancer attacked me? I was shocked. ...
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Survivor Story: Berenice Yoder
I will be a seven year pancreatic cancer survivor this coming November. When I found out I had cancer, I had no idea what pancreatic cancer was. It had never touched my immediate or extended family. It was something you heard of or read about, not something that happened to you. This illness changed my life. It gave me more will to live, to be able to finish raising my then 13-year-old daughter who had just lost her dad 15 months before. It taught me to fight, and to never give up. There is always hope even through the pain and grief and anger that is...
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Survivor Story: Leslie Bergson
I Walk About two years ago I was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Five weeks later, I underwent a Whipple procedure to remove it. I was in ICU for four days. On the first day that I was transferred to a telemetry unit, my surgeon told me that he wanted me to start walking around the unit three times a day. So I walked. With my heart monitor in one hand and my spouse holding my IV pole, I walked. With complications which required another surgery, I was in the hospital for just under one month. Except for the day of the...
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Survivor Story: Mike Furgerson
I would like to start off by saying that I am a Christian. As I read other survivor stories, I see many that have commonalities with mine - faith in Christ and physical exercise. Until April, 2012, my medical history was only a couple of lines long; I was very healthy. But that was to change quickly. During March, 2012, I began to itch all over; it was enough to keep me awake at night. I thought that I had an allergy. I went to my doctor and he started running tests. On April 13, during an ERCP procedure, a blockage in my bile duct was diagnosed as...
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Survivor Story: Steve Kelly
Written two days before Father's DayFather'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,...
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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. Less than five percent...
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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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