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doing okay was posted 05/02/2015 12:55 pm by 13 Year Survivor
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The first 6 months to 1 year can be the toughest. Weight loss is expected since they have just reconfigured your entire digestive track. Finding new eating patters is just one of the fun challenges. I lost 30 lbs following surgery but some of it back after the first year.

Digestive enzymes are a MUST until the weight stabilizes (I don't take them anymore and my weight is stable). Some folks need them for years. Eating 5 to 6 snack like meals is often easier than the usual 3 meals. Lower fat foods are easier on the system, too.

I found the first year, I was constantly running for the bathroom but later that gotten better.

Walking is important to help the body stay running and also as recovery from surgery.

The pathology report is critical so make sure you get that in writting from the surgeon and have a long talk with the oncologist about post treatment. Most of us did radiation with chemo.

The fact he could have surgeon is a point in his favor as 80% of patients CAN'T have the whipple. The rest is good luck and having a good plan for follow up with the oncologist.

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