In March of 2012, I began experiencing abdominal pain on a regular basis. After numerous tests, CT scans, MRI scans, and ultrasounds, I was diagnosed with pancreatitis of unknown cause. In June, I had a biopsy done through an endoscopic ultrasound that showed pancreatic adenocarcinoma. In July 2012, I had a distal pancreatectomy, splenectomy and removal of portions of the stomach and colon that were adhering to the pancreas because of the inflammation from the tumor. My oncologist diagnosed me at Stage III.
I then had 18 treatments with chemotherapy. Along with the treatments, I had follow up CT scans every three months. It has now been just over a year since diagnosis and my most recent scan revealed no active cancer detected. While I continue to face digestive issues and abdominal pain as a result of the extensive scar tissue from the surgery and a pseudocyst between what is left of the stomach and pancreas, I am alive and living fairly normally!