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Pancreatic Cancer Patient Stories

Eva Lipscomb

Pancreatic Cancer

Eva Lipscomb

Pancreatic Cancer

For many years I’ve loved the Philadelphia Flower Show, with its stunning displays and arrangements. I always look forward to it, even though I move through the crowded space very slowly, because I had a double knee replacement several years ago.

Carol Stahl

Pancreatic Cancer

Carol Stahl

Pancreatic Cancer

At first, Carol Stahl thought the stomach pain she started feeling during Christmas in 2014 was related to heartburn. However, when visiting friends in Connecticut for New Year’s, Carol noticed changes in her urine and bowel movements, prompting her to research her symptoms. The first thing that came up was pancreatic cancer.

Melissa Kartasevich

Pancreatic Cancer

Melissa Kartasevich

Pancreatic Cancer

In 2013, Melissa Kartasevich was enjoying life, raising her six year old daughter, Sarah and engaged to be married to her fiancé, Dennis Dupre. In April, she woke one morning with pain and discomfort on her left side. Assuming it was a result of sleeping in a bad position, she took pain medication and went to work. By lunch time, the pain worsened so Melissa went to the emergency room. The doctors ran some tests and performed a CAT scan, where they noticed her spleen had infracted, but didn't know the cause. Melissa was admitted to the hospital for five days, where she underwent further tests revealing a suspicious spot on her pancreas. Next, she had an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) which confirmed the diagnosis. Melissa, 38,  had pancreatic cancer. To say she was shocked would be an understatement.  

Louis Ciaverelli

Pancreatic Cancer

Louis Ciaverelli

Pancreatic Cancer

Louis Ciaverelli didn’t have time to get sick, much less for cancer. He was operating his own business, Top of the Line Cosmetic and Fragrance Company in New Jersey. Then, in early September of 2000, Lou learned he had pancreatic cancer.

Anthony P. Reres

Pancreatic Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

Anthony P. Reres

Pancreatic Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

Tony can't help getting a little choked up when he talks about welcoming his first great-grandson into the world, Lucas Anthony Reres, born March 4, 2010. "Because of Fox Chase, I was around to meet my great-grandson," said Reres, who was 76 at the time. "I never expected to live this long."

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