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It's been too long!

Hello my friends. It's been too long since my last post. my earlier posts I've always said I have had no complications from my whipple. Well can't say that anymore. I started pushing my limits as far as what I was eating and drinking and it bit me in the butt! Trip to the ER at 3am kind of a bite! I think deep down I knew I was pushing my luck but it was nice being a little bit in denial. Well! Back to reality. Low fat is key and no more cokes. Also talked to my doctor about my stress and anxiety. Getting help with that has been huge. I was in denial about that too! My weight is dropping and that worries me a little. Hard to go low fat and be careful but not lose too much weight in the process. Moving forward I know that I have been extremely lucky with my diagnosis. So lucky I can almost forget. Until my body reminds me. So I'm listening to my body like I never have before. Eating healthy and trying to find balance in every aspect of my life. And it's working. Doing much better now. I hope all of you are doing good too! Hang tough out there!

Susan J threw a punch at your cancer.
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Hi Billea! Ensure. And if you can't handle the milky taste, they make one like juice; comes in mixed berry and peach, to supplement your eating. It's tough to gain back sometimes when you lose, though you are much younger than me. I like fats/fried foods, but they don't like me, lol, so I get what you're saying. Happy Spring! Stay well, God bless.
I've never seen the juice flavored ensure. I will have to check them out. Thank you!!
HOW IS JASPER?!! Getting him a photo expose' with the Easter Bunny? My two were afraid of him, so I had my photo taken with him, at the mall, lol.
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He is awesome!! Completely different from Tucker (my weenie dog that I've had for 8 years). Just like kids they couldn't be more different than if I had a Great Dane and a poodle. I will post a new pic soon. If he will be still for longer than two seconds. Lol.
It is so easy to want to be in denial especially in regards to your diet. I so want to eat what I want, but my body reminds this is not going to happen. I remind myself of the things that I should appreciate, such as having legs to walk and so much more in life. Eating healthy is a good thing, but sometimes it is hard to gain the weight. Perhaps, you can get answers from the Pancreatic Cancer Action network as to eating to gain.
How about Rx pancreatic enzymes like Creon or Zenpep? My husband prefers Creon, and he has been able to eat almost normally aince his 2010 Whipple so long as he takes his enzymes with every meal and snack. It's a shame to have to say goodbye to foods you love (and that will help to keep your weight up).
Wonderful to hear from you. Your attitude that you are lucky in your diagnosis is truly inspirational! XO💜💪🏽
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My doctor suggested probiotics. I will check out Creon. I didn't eat much junk before so it hasn't been too hard. It's just tricky to eat healthy outside of my own kitchen. I love oklahoma with all my heart. But our menus tend to be full fat with a side of gravy lol. The cokes were the hardest to give up for me. But I'm hanging. Drinking water and throwing a Gatorade in if I need some flavor. Finding my new normal. 😊
Please - look into the Creon. Truly, it will change your life!
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My new baby

And since I'm talking babies thought I would post a pic of my new baby Jasper. If you can't tell he's a miniature long haired wienie. And 100% pain in the butt! But he's got me wrapped around his paw for sure. 

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Susan J threw a punch at your cancer.
Bill sent you a hug.
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Ohhhhh so cute! And I like his name. I'm sure he will have a wonderful life with you/family. God bless.
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OMG! I want one.
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he is precious, you know god spelled his name backwards to make dog. As it is said, they are mans best friend. Do not know what I would do without my baby. She is 9 y.o. and the best dog I could want, and all mixed up with Lhasa, Pomeranian, poodle, and dachshund. Rescued her and best rescue I could have made. Just love her. She is blind although she does very well.
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OMG! I'm in love.......🐶
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What a cute little pupper. I have been charting my girls weight for fun. How old is Jasper?
Send him over to me! Too cute!
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Vital Info


October 8, 2016


Cancer Survivor

Cancer Info

Pancreas Cancer


November 3, 2015

Stage 2


Having to tell my dad and brother after we lost my mom earlier the same year to cancer.

I'm a fighter just like my mom.

March 1, 2016



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