Last year I had a pancreatic removal surgery in late September, I had to go to checkups every 3 months for the first year. I decided I would share my first year in the Pancreatic Awareness Month!
This past year has been an absolute roller coaster. From being in extreme pain caused by farts (yes you read that right!) to having a pancreatitis episode in December. Let’s see how one year after pancreatic surgery goes.
Want to know a little more before jumping in? Read my first post about pancreatic tumors.
The first two months where hell
I know it seems a little dramatic but is true! I had a strict liquid diet for almost two months (October and November). And don’t get me started with the pain I had because I could not fart. I could only drink light liquids like soup, and soup, and some fruits juices (I could only drink juices from fruits who had a low glycemic index). All this was for be to avoid developing diabetes which could have been a side effect of surgery since I had the tail of my pancreas removed and a small part of the body. Being upgrade from very light liquids to yogurts was just glorious!
I learned how much pancreatitis hurts
In the ending of the third month which was December I could eat solid foods but not all foods. Since my body was still adjusting to the changes overeating could be painful. A had a small episode of pancreatitis which slowed down just a little my recuperation. Much respect for anyone who has pancreatitis!
Reincorporating was much harder than I thought
For those who don’t know I am still in college so by the fourth month (January) I had to go back to classes. After a surgery we all just want to go and feel normal and in sync with our own bodies again. I wished I had taken more time off since carrying my backpack and going up and down the stairs really got me tired. I was not in my best shape and I could feel it but, I manage to get through.
Just a little advice for those who will go through surgery: Everything can wait just let your body heal properly and don’t push yourself to hard.
Learning want by body can’t and can do
In April which was the six month after surgery I turned 20, I decided to celebrate by going to Universal Studios in Orlando. I could get in roller coaster but I had to avoid the very extreme rides. I’ve been in roller coasters before but I felt the difference. I waited till the 9th month to start working out again. I waited so long because of the location of my surgery scar (which is from the lower rib cage to the belly button). I had trouble balancing not so intense cardio and lifting weights (do not attempt to lift heavy weights after surgery to fast). I am still working to get my body in the best shape I can without actually overdoing myself and knowing the limitations I have for now.
Things went actually good in this first 12 months, I know how blessed I am. Not many people can tell they survived a pancreatic tumor and to be honest, I got a life changing experience out of this. I enjoy life much more than I did before. I changed my major and started blogging, I just do more of what makes me happy and don’t put much attention of what people thinks. When you a have a scar that goes from your lower rib cage to your belly button you just learn to love yourself in a whole new level. I still need to go to checkups every 6 months for 4 years but for now I am all good (All in the name of Jesus).
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