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 😀