WASHINGTON, D.C. — Diane Borrison is the kind of person who eats right, never smokes and walks regularly. She managed to stay healthy even when others in her household caught a cold or the flu.
But one day her skin and eyes started turning yellow and her skin started to itch.
“It didn’t really occur to me that I would get sick,” Borrison said. “I didn’t have a sense of even where my pancreas was or what it did.”
In 2006, doctors at the Stanford Medical Center removed the top of Borrison’s pancreas in a procedure called a whipple, to remove a tumor. Within a few weeks of surgery Borrison began chemotherapy and met her “chemo pal” Joan Pisani, who’d also had a whipple and was receiving the same chemo mixture.
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