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Quality was posted 08/01/1999 03:00 pm by Matilda
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Sheri, Hi, extremely sorry to hear about your mom. I am 38 years old and they did the whipple on me in July of 97, it was a gruelling procedure and the recovery was tough. As far as the quality of life goes that is up to your mother. It would be wise to talk to her doctor about diet, did they remove her gall bladder?, and how much of the pancreas did they take? These are all questions you will need answers to. My quality of life has changed some, but mainly because of my need to be close to a bathroom. This need was brought on by the fact that they took my gall bladder, which helps in the digestion of fats, and the chemo that was used in may case was very hard on my intestines, from top to bottom. I just recently started taking asidopholus (sp?) this is the bacteria that normally lives in your colon but was wiped out by the chemo. This has made things much better. Every case and every person is different, your mother will have to listen to her doctor and hopefully he will listen to her. As far as the amount of the pancreas removed? I had to start taking pancrease, this is an enzyme produced naturally by the pancreas, when they remove part of the pancreas your digestive system may need a little help to properly break down the sugars you take in. Be sure to ask about this. A good sign that she may need this is if her stools take on a pasty tan color, why, I don't know, just my experience. Also be sure to give your mother all the love and support you can afford, and take care of yourself too. This home page was a wonderful help to me when I was at my worst. Love and Light, Matilda.

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