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We are now post Whipple.

I am just checking in to say Roger has had his Whipple operation for pancreatic cancer.  He is doing so well.  Yesterday, the day after this major surgery he seemed to glow in the knowledge that it is now behind home and the future is looking better than it has in a while.  For those that don't know, the Whipple is removal of part of the pancreas (with the tumor) as well as surrounding tissue, part of the small intestine, bile duct, gall bladder and then reconstruction so it all works again.  He has all kinds of bells and whistles attached to him to feed him and drain him.  He will be going home with most of those things after they get his digestive system working and his incision makes progress healing.  They are feeding him through his small intestine and introducing clear liquids by mouth. I'm very happy too that this is behind us, we now await the pathology reports to find out if he will need more treatment or not.  We are keeping our fingers crossed for clear margins and no lymph node involvement.  If attitude makes the difference, he is passing with flying colors.  I know some of you must have wondered how the surgery went.  Relief, finally.

3 people threw a punch at your cancer.
Thomas, Carol sent you a prayer.
Thomas, Laura sent you a hug.
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Sending healing vibes! Paws and fingers crossed for quick recovery and clear margins *hugs* :*)
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Tell Roger a thousand atta boys...fist pumps, fist knocks, high fives, hugs, and a few zurbiches...some day I will explain what those's a raspberry on the side of the lower neck...that makes kind of a farty sound when you blow with your lips on the skin....LOL... I still do it with my grown sons.... it kind of tickles... anyway...can you tell I am relieved and happy for him and you?? How long before the G-J tube is taken out, or it depends? do they do a gastric bypass as well? They couldn't do the Whipple for Em but they did do a gastric bypass after her duodenal stents failed.

anyway....TA DA...give him a kiss from me...LOL... thinking positive on your test results... can you take a deep breath yet? I am taking one for Neal
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So thankful that you have made it through the Whipple and all is going as well as it is. Wish you the best and hope no further treatment.
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Wonderful! I'm so glad you told us!

Hugs to you guys, Jean
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I know you are happy this is behind you. I am wishing Roger clear margins and only the best from here on.
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That's wonderful. I didn't realize all that was involved in a whipple, I just knew the basics. That was a nice Mother's Day present.
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YAY! My man's Whipple was completely uneventful, and every day he seemed to pass a new test. When they finally "unclamped" him to see whether or not his digestive system was running smoothly on it's own, he did fine. He was up and about and walking within a few days and home on day eight. We had a visiting nurse for wound care for about a week as I recall (his Whipple was January 19, 2010). Now, I don't want to put any negative thoughts in your head, but I'm here to tell you that even if your husband has positive nodes and margins as my husband did (he was staged post-Whipple at 2B) there is still life to be had, My man has been living with this disease for seven and one half years, with chemo and radiation following the Whipple and on and off chemo ever since. It can be done, but I hope and pray your husband comes out of this with negative lymph nodes and surgical margins. You'll know soon, and while you're in hospital with hubby you can read my earlier blog posts which will take you through our experience with the Whipple and aftermath.
Good luck!! 💪🏽
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Vital Info


January 24, 2017

Skowhegan, Maine 04976

March 17, 1952

Loved One is a Cancer Survivor/Fighter

Cancer Info

Pancreas Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

October 24, 2016

Stage 1

1.1 - 2.0 cm



Pain, rugged treatment and side effects. Uncertainty

We have today



Not yet



Maine Med, Dr. Rutstein

Done think about it all the time

October 15


Pain, fatigue, loss of appetitie, depression and anxiety.

Declined radiation on advice from second opinion from Dana Farber

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