In 2010, during Thanksgiving dinner, I was having really bad pain in my stomach. I knew something was not right, but I put off going to my doctor – I thought, ok it’s just the flu? I started dropping weight quickly in January – like 25lbs. I couldn’t eat or drink and I was jaundiced in my eyes and all over my body.

I went back to my doctor, and she said to go to the emergency room ASAP!! I had an endoscopic ultrasound and it showed that my bile ducts were blocked. I had an ERCP scope down my throat five times. They found the tumor. I had the Whipple surgery on July 8, 2011. My surgeon got all of my cancer. He IS SOO AMAZING!!! The only downfall is that I will be a diabetic for the rest of my life. Diabetes has changed my life forever. I’M VERY BLESSED THAT I’M HERE TODAY AND ALIVE!!! I have gone through so much in my life. I’m also a survivor of childhood leukemia.

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