HealthI'm (20sM) the youngest person ever diagnosed with pancreatic cancer by the Mayo Clinic by almost 20 years! AMA
Feb 15th 2018 by Sup3r_Srs • 32 Questions • 211 Points
About me: Hello, all!
I've been in the hospital nearly two weeks and have a good chance of being discharged today! Would love to talk to people while I wait to get out of here :)
My battle started a little over a year ago. In the beginning, my only symptom was stomach pain. Because i've lived most of my adult life in chronic pain, I originally tried to just tough it out. There was one week, however, that had me on the edge. My family was all on vacation and I stayed behind due to my pain. Unfortunately, the pain was so intense that I couldn't sleep. The only thing that gave me mild relief was the smoothies i love to make. After a couple months of GP visits, the pain was not going anywhere. They were convinced i had a stomach ulcer, so we wasted quite a bit of time addressing that with no luck.
After a few months of constant pain, i noticed some changes. I was REALLY itchy and I couldn't make my urine clear no matter how much water i drank (a lot.) The last noticeable symptom was jaundice. My liver was failing and I went to the hospital. An ultrasound found quite a large tumor on my pancreas.
That was back in June. I went through four months of chemo and five weeks of radiation before they could do the surgery (which was successful by the way!!) They took out my gallbladder, pancreas, and part of my liver.
The tumor was grown around an artery and blood vessel. If it was 2008, I'd be dead. Luckily for me, however, it's 2018 and I had literally some of the best surgeons in the world to take care of me. I cannot praise the Mayo Clinic enough.
Anyways, I should be available most of this morning/afternoon to chat! AMA :)
My Proof (Proof contains a bonus picture of Remi, one of the awesome support animals they have.)
I can tell you I was on the floor with the gentleman waiting for a heart ;p
Hey, fellow type 1 diabetic here. Just want to let you know that even with all the amazing technology for managing there’s no substitute for being meticulous and keeping good track of your blood sugars. However, managing it gets easier with time. I wish you the best of luck with your recovery and adjusting to the new lifestyle.
I really appreciate it! That's one thing I've got going for me at least. I already read labels a lot and am quite meticulous when it comes to other stuff
So are you considered cured? If not, what is your future treatment plan?
Wishing you the very best in recovery.
I'm considered cured!! :) I'm sure i'll have to get regular exams, though. Also, i'm now a type 1 diabetic, so that's something i'll have to get used to
Interesting,Do you think your diet had anything to do with the cancer, were you active? Also did you consume a lot of sugar?
I have no idea. My doctors had no idea either. It's EXTREMELY rare to get pancreatic cancer so young. I was fairly active and not a big fan of sugar. My drink of choice is water. Although to be fair, I was a lot less active the last couple years than when I was younger
Maybe you should have done more weed and you wouldn't have gotten the cancer...
aha trust me, i tried
My friend qualifies to get medical marijuana (Stage 4 ovarian cancer) but there's only one doctor in the area who's certified to prescribe it. He doesn't take insurance, sees patients like 3 hours a week, charges $350 for the first visit and $250 for each followup, which I believe is monthly. And that's not even counting the fact that she has to then go to the next county over to find a dispensary, and her insurance won't pay for the weed either. So she has a friend who supplies her with what she needs.
Christ, isn't it ridiculous how many silly hoops we need to jump through?
Here's mine: what is (20sM)? 20 years old. Male. Shoveler? Sarcastic? Spiffy?
It just means i'm in my twenties, but not comfortable giving my exact age
I work in surgery and was curious, was your procedure open or laparoscopic? How long was the procedure? Do you know if you had just one surgeon or was another assisting? Its my dream to work at Mayo Clinic, glad that you were able to receive the best possible care and wish you a speedy recovery :)
Hey! Thank you for the well wishes. I had two main surgeons working on me. Doctor Truty And Doctor Bower. They had me wide open for ~10 hours. I'm extremely lucky, as they're the only ones who could've done my surgery. The whole reconstructing an artery thing is just amazing to me! I have immense respect and gratitude for my surgeons!