My name is Lisa Beckendorf and I’m a 20
year pancreatic cancer survivor. I was diagnosed incidentally through an
exploratory surgery. I was having some digestive problems, that now I’ve since
learned, are not symptoms of the kind of pancreatic cancer I had and the surgeon
just found the tumor by squeezing my pancreas. I feel very lucky that I’ve
been able to survive 20 years. I’ve lost many friends, many associates through the organization that I’ve met and I just feel so fortunate, beyond lucky. It’s
important to raise awareness for this disease so that people that
are having symptoms that they may relate to something else that aren’t going away
maybe take note and visit their doctor and push for an answer,
you know don’t just say, “Oh it’s something that we don’t have to worry
about.” Really persist and we really need to continue to push the doctors to take
a look, take a closer look. It could mean the difference in your life or not. As a
20-year pancreatic cancer survivor, I would give the advice of keep hope.
There’s always hope, there’s new things coming down the line of progress with
early diagnosis, new forms of treatment and just keep hope.