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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 it...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Updated Survivor Story: Bill Shrieves
I’m now a three year pancreatic cancer survivor and I want to update my original story from almost three years ago.  First, let me cover my medical history.  I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on November 19, 2010.  I had a Whipple procedure the day before Thanksgiving.  The surgery went well and I was home in 10 days.  On January 4, 2011 a CT scan showed five lesions on my liver.  I started an aggressive chemotherapy regimen using three different chemotherapy drugs immediately.  I had about six months of treatment and the lesions went away.  I...

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....

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...

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...

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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