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Survivor Story: Karin Dagner-Fellows

09/22/2013
I was diagnosed in January, 2013 with pancreatic cancer.  I had just finished training for a new job and was going to start the day that I noticed I was jaundiced.  I was hospitalized that same day.  A CT scan showed a tumor in my pancreas that had metastasized; I had two spots on my liver.  My family and I remained in shock through all the procedures, but we were all very supportive of each other.  Chemotherapy took its toll on me, as I could not eat or drink.  Eventually my cancer doctor put me on a "vacation" and then reduced the dose of chemotherapy.  After four more chemotherapy infusions (I went every other Monday), my CT scan showed 50% reduction of my liver spots and no tumor growth.  I was given another "vacation.”  I have now been off of chemotherapy for 10 weeks.  The last CT scan showed that I was stable.  What has touched me the most, is the power of prayer from family and friends, the support of my three sons, learning that "one day at a time" is so important, and keeping a positive attitude.  I am so lucky and so grateful for each morning I wake up.



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