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Monsita Botwick, long-term pancreatic cancer survivor
Survivor Stories
April 25, 2024 • 1 Min

How Far I’ve Come

After Whipple surgery, chemo, and another emergency, long-term survivor Monsita Botwick needed help from a therapist to continue treatment.

Illustration of a whipple and a doctor
Disease Management
April 8, 2024 • 4 Min

In Safe Hands: Selecting the Right Whipple Surgeon

The Whipple procedure is a complex surgery–how do you find an expert with the vast experience needed for your surgery?

Joe Pearson and his family
Survivor Stories
January 24, 2024 • 4 Min

Don’t Give Up

Joe Pearson responded so well to chemotherapy that even with a stage III tumor near a blood vessel he was able to have Whipple surgery.

pancreatic cancer survivor Dave Paffenroth and wife Wendy
Survivor Stories
January 10, 2024 • 8 Min

Always Insist On More

Dave Paffenroth’s wife Wendy was an extraordinary caregiver, coordinating treatments and family support during pancreatic cancer treatment.

Pancreatic cancer patient Joseph Mele
Survivor Stories
November 15, 2023 • 2 Min

A Long Slog to Diagnosis, A Quick Sprint to Surgery

Joseph Mele suffered through a year of mysterious GI symptoms until he was finally diagnosed with stage II pancreatic cancer.

pancreatic cancer patient Jennifer Lambert and her husband
Survivor Stories
May 18, 2022 • 4 Min

Early Diagnosis, Great Doctors, and Prayer

Jennifer Lambert was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer while on vacation in Spain. She returned home for a Whipple procedure and chemotherapy.

pancreatic cancer patient Laura Metzger and family
Survivor Stories
December 23, 2021 • 6 Min

Learning to Recognize the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Recognizing the symptoms of pancreatic cancer is key to early detection. Laura Metzgar’s story illustrates the importance of detecting pancreatic cancer early.

pancreatic cancer patient Virginia Wetcher
Survivor Stories
October 6, 2021 • 2 Min

Following a Treatment Plan

As a retired oncology nurse, Virginia Wetcher knew she needed a good treatment plan after her pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

pancreatic cancer survivor Bob Minetti
Survivor Stories
August 16, 2021 • 2 Min

A Clinical Trial Saved My Life

Bob Minetti and his doctors believe that a clinical trial saved his life after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

2020 Witches of St. Andrews charity bicycle ride
Survivor Stories
June 24, 2021 • 3 Min

Carefully Choosing My Doctor

Doris Bowdoin researched to find the best doctor for her pancreatic cancer. Now she advocates for others through the Witches of St. Andrews.

Eric Borden
Survivor Stories
May 17, 2021 • 3 Min

The Benefit of Being Your Own Advocate

Eric Borden decided to advocate for himself when a lesion was found on his pancreas. It was a good choice because it was pancreatic cancer.

pancreatic cancer patient Thomas Stachler
Survivor Stories
May 4, 2021 • 2 Min

You Only Have One Life to Live

Tom Stachler traveled from his home in Michigan to an expert surgeon in Wisconsin to have Whipple surgery for his pancreatic cancer.

pancreatic cancer patient Barbara Wojciechowski
Survivor Stories
March 2, 2021 • 2 Min

Pancreatic Cancer During the Pandemic

Barbara Wojciechowski was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as the pandemic was rising, affecting her family support during treatment.

pancreatic cancer patient Eric Lasner in his racecar
Survivor Stories
February 4, 2021 • 7 Min

My Most Challenging Race

Eric Lasner faced Whipple surgery, chemotherapy with FOLFIRINOX, and radiation, in order to get back to closed circuit road racing.

pancreatic cancer survivor Angella Dixon-Watson and her family
Survivor Stories
December 23, 2020 • 8 Min

Gift of Another Breath

Angella Dixon-Watson is grateful for her treatment team and the support of her family as she faced pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.

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