Deana Simmond

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Deana Simmond’s Story

My name is Deana Simmond. My illness has caused me to give up work – I was medically retired. I have to be very careful what I eat and I am on a lot of medication. Also we do not go out as much as we used to, luckily I have a very understanding husband, without him I doubt very much if I would be alive today. I suffer a lot of pain in my back. I had half of my pancreas removed and now I suffer with Type 3 diabetes, so I am on insulin and tablets and have had to change my diet even more now. My pancreatitis was caused by a stone from my gallbladder, which I had removed about 15 years ago. However I still suffer pain, hence having had half of my pancreas removed. The doctors have found a mass in the remaining part which has grown from 6mms to 9mms and I am now just putting up with the pain, helped by medication.

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More information

Find out about acute and chronic pancreatitis in our Conditions section and read tips and suggestions on how to manage chronic pancreatitis from those affected by this condition.