Many of you know I was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis in 2012 following an acute attack. As a result I became insulin dependant in a matter of days. The last six years I have battled blocked bile and pancreas ducts, Excruciating pain and non stop nausea, kidney stones, ulcerative colitis, and had a feeding tube placed for several months. I undergo celiac plexus blocks every three months to help with pain control. I have had numerous stents, ercps, infections, hospitalizations, infusions, and I consider myself one of the lucky ones! I have not had to undergo major surgery, most of the time I am not bedridden, as so many with this disease are. The intense pain and nausea are controlled by the nerve blocks, and medications. Not everyone is so lucky.
I am fortunate to be able to volunteer with the National Pancreas Foundation, to help other patients navigate the unknowns of pancreatitis, and to advocate for more research and a wider variety of treatment options.
Pancreatitis is a chronic, progressive disease, affecting your entire digestive system and other organs. It is life changing, life altering and in some cases deadly.
It is my hope that you will join Rod and myself in this virtual walk, as we unite with others to raise money for research . No gift is too small! Please help us as you are able. Together we can offer hope to people whose lives have been turned upside down by pancreas disease and cancer.
Feel free to join our team! As opportunity presents, we would love to walk a km with you, or even a few blocks.
Thank you in advance for your support. It is greatly appreciated!