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I have a New Blog Space

Feb 08, 2008 - 2 comments

Hi friends. I have been writing here for only one week. I started a new blog at The ebtire address is:     ( type it into your address bar after deleting what is in there at the time.)

I do not know if I should keep writing here as well- at least on the medical information- or take the whole blog-funny stories and all to blogspot. I have made some online friends here. I will still check in here every day or two to see if anyone needs anything. If anyone is reading this; how can I put a link from my medhelp blog to the blogspot posts?

I may be going to Nashville,TN to a pancreatic cancer specialist who works out of Vanderbilt. Has anyone ever heard of Dr. Mertz in the Nashville area? To my friends; I will answer your emails this weekend. love,kim

It is Pancreatic Cancer

Feb 05, 2008 - 4 comments

I have been writing a blog for about a week on medhelp. I found out yesterday I have malignant pancreatic cancer. I am only 39 years old. That may be why the diagnosis took so long. PEOPLE: PANCREATIC CANCER is aggressive, sometimes asymptomatic and often deadly. If you are at risk start learning what you can do to help in early detection. I will live. I am more aggressive than any tumor. I will also be blogging at my new site since diagnosis:


If anybody has some pancreatic cancer info I would love you to take the time and give it here! I will still blog here too. I will also continue to respond to blogs which have 0 comment. THAT IS ALOT OF THESE. I thought there were doctors here to answer questions. Anyway I still appreciate this forum. Thanks for reading if you did and thanks for advice if you have some.

Did anybody else that has cancer get no response when they told a spouse or family member? I did. I think it is denial and fear. I am a little hurt and confused but will figure it out with help from my friends. kim

today is a big day/pancreatic oncologist

Feb 04, 2008 - 0 comments

I believe it helps me to write these blogs. Especially during the week when my job is to see a new doctor or have a new test run everyday. I was blessed to find panCAN online. They recommended a pancreatic specialist. Until now I have had a lot of consultations with doctors who say I am untreatable or do not recognize the severity of the problem. I was diagnosed with a pancreatic mass in the head of the pancreas. Also my bile ducts are not working. I was really hoping for pancreatitis or billiary stones. Those diorders have been ruled out with second and third opinions. I have great faith that everything is working out for the common good. Though treatment was refused by two different gastointerologists I believe it was neccessary to get me to the doctor I will see today. His name is Dr. Keith Grey or Gray. I will let you know. He is with UT medical center in Knoxville.TN. If anyone knows of him I would love to hear your opinion. I will have an additional CT done at 11:30 today and see the doctor for the first time at 1:30. I believe he is the one who will be able to help me. Thank God for yet another miracle! kim k

some humor on the trail

Feb 01, 2008 - 0 comments

I have found that keeping my spirits up during a medical crisis can cause severe laughter. I have heard some priceless words come out of people's mouths at doctors offices and hospitals. I want to share some of these.

1. A woman who had just had her baby in the car on the way to the hospital was in the er with her husband. My husband and I were in the next, "curtain." The doctor walks into their room and the first question out of his mouth was," So, the whole baby thing, how did that happen?"

2. A somewhat beligerent friend of a patient in the er was about to make a call on his cell phone, while in the er. A nurse who was already exasperated with the gentleman told him he would have to go somewhere else to use his cell. There was a severe thunder and lightening storm outside. The gentleman told the nurse he was going outside to use his cell. As he was walking outside with the phone and an umbrella the nurse asked him if he would like to borrow one of the doctors golf clubs.

3. The first symptom of my health crisis was uncontrollable vaginal bleeding. I live in a small town and I went to the er there. The doctor ran a CBC and referred me to an ob/gyn. I had requested an ultrasound so maybe we could find out more about why I was bleeding. The doctor told my husband and me an ultrasound was not necessary. I asked why. He responded with," Sometimes people just hemmorage. We don't know why." We were speechless. Of course after we got in the car to go home my husband said," I wish I would have thought to ask him what he does when he hemorrages."