January 21, 2021 compared to January 21, 2022 a lot has changed. For one thing I am now missing a few organs; yet, I feel so much better without them (the irony). On January 21, 2021, I got up at 3:00 am to begin my surgery day. I honestly do not recollect much of thatContinue reading “1 YEAR SINCE TPAIT”

Big Progress!

Hello! It has been a long time since I have posted, and a lot has changed!  As of July 21 (yesterday), it has been six months since my TPIAT. First off, I wanted to thank everyone for the continual prayers and support. Every message or card has been so encouraging to my recovery. I stopped postingContinue reading “Big Progress!”

MY Village

Since the decision to move forward with surgery due to genetic chronic pancreatitis, I have been blown away by the village of people that love me. They’ve sent presents , written letters, and taken time out of their day to text or call. I was talking to my parents about the incredible acts of kindnessContinue reading “MY Village”

Countdown to TPIAT!

January 21 is the day! The day that I have been completely dreading and hoping for. So… What is going on? I am having a Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation ⇢ so what do all those big words mean? Total (all of it) ➺ Pancreatectomy (bye, bye pancreas, spleen, & gall bladder) ➺ Islet (whatContinue reading “Countdown to TPIAT!”

The Diagnosis

While I sat in the hospital Christmas Eve, I wrote this deep dive into how I got here. If you are considering the TPAIT surgery, you may recognize yourself. For the past two years, I have struggled with horrid back and stomach pain from time to time. I had multiple procedures done but we alwaysContinue reading “The Diagnosis”

The Beginning

Health struggles are not a new concept in my life. From a young age, I remember getting sick a lot more than other children. I was diagnosed with bad asthma and a immune deficiency. This deficiency (paired along with my asthma) caused me to miss a lot of school. Eventually, I started these treatments toContinue reading “The Beginning”

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