Hello and welcome,

I am living with half my pancreas, no gall bladder and no spleen, so I am learning to nourish myself with a high protein, low fat and alcohol free diet (yes, it is a bit of a nightmare).  All of a sudden cooking nutritious food has become much more of a focus in my life, now I just need to learn how to enjoy cooking 🙄

Even though I am on antibiotics for life, I am looking for ways to improve my immune system using things like: aromatherapy, tai chi, and my new love cycling along with meditation, loving kindness and humour, after all laughter is definately the best medicine!!

In October 2014 I was suddenly admitted to hospital with acute pancreatitis. The weekend I was in hospital coincided with the anniversary of my Mum’s death, she had died from pancreatic cancer 5 years earlier. Despite reassurance from the medical team, I wasn’t convinced that my acute pancreatitis was idiopathic (of unknown cause). So I pursued a diagnosis and on the 2nd January 2015 an Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm (IPMN) was found in the body of my pancreas. So began 2015, forever to be known as the year of the pancreas.

I had surgery on 8th March to remove the neoplasm which involved the removal of my spleen along with the tail and body of my pancreas, in addition my gall bladder was also removed as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of future pancreatitis due to gall stones.

At the end of March, I was told the neoplasm was non-malignant 🙂  and since then life has come to look a little different being focused more on health, happiness and humour 😀



  1. Wishing you well with your health. Humor is an important part. I like site and especially the post Sugar sugar. I need to get my triglerirides lower due to a liver scare and sugar is a big part of it. Looking forward to stopping by.~Julia

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  2. Hi there. Thanks for replying to my post today. I’m glad you found me.
    Like you, I have no spleen (since 1997) and I don’t have a gallbladder either (since 2001). Mine were removed for totally different reasons than yours, but the interesting part to me is your need for lifetime antibiotics… I have never needed antibiotics, unless I had an actual infection somewhere.
    Is it because of your pancreas then that they put you on this low dosage of antibiotics? I’m curious to find out.

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    1. Hi Vanessa, I was advised that I would be on a low dose daily antibiotics for life due to the removal of my spleen, and many medical websites seem to recommend it for a minimum of two years after surgery. Before my op I had vaccinations against pneumonia, meningitis, and influenza. The partial removal of my pancreas and the complete removal gall bladder mean that I also need to take digestive enzymes too 🙂


  3. You’ve lost half your pancreas, while mine’s so damn lazy the Islets died (I’m diabetic but in light of the PC craze I prefer to call it being ‘Pancreatically Challenged’ – feel free to use that btw). I too have a compromised immune system (I love that term, it sounds like someone caught it out with someone else’s partner) and so many physical problems that it would be much quicker if I mentioned what’s right with me. I’ve definitely found that humour has a positive effect on the amount of pain I get, as it’s hard to feel pain when you’re laughing, and your emotional state is better.

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  4. Best to you in your quest for good health; it sounds like you’re taking some very positive steps after your surgery! See you in the blogosphere!


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