Patient and Supporter Stories

Angela’s Story

Categories: Success Stories
My name is Angela, and I am 29 years old. I was hospitalized in May 2020 with alcohol-induced pancreatitis, and from there, I was told my days of drinking and eating as I pleased were over. I had my gallbladder removed in July 2020 and then was hospitalized the week before Christmas with pancreatitis again; …

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Mackenzie’s Story

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One night of my freshman year of high school, I was hanging out with a couple of my girlfriends. What seemed to be a totally normal night for me quickly made a turn for the worse the next morning. I woke up with a severe, stabbing abdominal pain that was unlike anything I had felt …

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Jenna’s Story

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Jenna M. is 18-years-old and from East Texas. She was 13 when she had her first pancreatitis attack, due to Cystic Fibrosis which has affected her pancreas (and not her lungs). Jenna shares her pancreatitis journey, how she found the National Pancreas Foundation as a resource and hopes she can become an advocate for other …

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Vince’s Story

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On February 20, 2012, I was introduced to pancreatitis. I’d never heard of it before that day. I woke up around 6 am, showered, ate breakfast, made my lunch for work. I vaguely remember my wife driving me to my doctor’s office. I don’t remember much about the next eight days, which were in ICU. …

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Erin’s Story of Hope and Strength

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June 6th is National Cancer Survivors Day. We asked Erin Rigsby, to update us on her pancreatic cancer journey. (You can read the full story below) Erin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and in March 2021, she was able to celebrate five years of being cancer-free.  It’s funny how life works sometimes. As …

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