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Life after Whipple was posted 05/25/2015 01:04 pm by Anonymous
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I agree with everything 13 Year Survivor said. Whipple is major surgery and it takes time to get your strength back. I had surgery 12-1/2 years ago. I have very good quality of life. I had PC, but did not have chemo or radiation follow up. I think you will likely not require follow up after surgery also. This could give you a bit of a head start on recovery. Still, even in good physical condition at the time of my surgery, it took several months for my digestive system to settle down. With Creon, learning how much of it to take, and learning which foods I needed to avoid for a while, I was able to gain the weight I lost. Each person's experiece is different, but I think if you approach the surgery understanding there will be changes required, some temporary and some permanent, and if you don't rush things too much, you will be OK. You won't be the same, they make serious modifications to your digestive system, but things should settle down and with a little luck, you will soon find your 'new normal' and have good quality of life.

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