Patient stories

Rachel's Story

Chronic pancreatitis began to affect Rachel's studies at medical school. That's when she looked into treatment at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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Kevin's Story

Debilitating pain that left him curled in a ball was Kevin Wright’s first encounter with pancreatitis. The fifth grader couldn’t understand why he was in such agonizing pain. After nearly a decade without answers, Kevin was finally diagnosed with hereditary pancreatitis.

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Jackie's Story

Jackie talks about her experience with chronic pancreatitis and her decision to choose the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, for her surgery.

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Angie and Beth's Story

Angie shares her experience with the illness that lead to her to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, for a total pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplant. Beth explains what it was like from a mother's point of view.

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Ginnie's Story

Ginnie describes her experience with a gallbladder attack and the simultaneous development of acute pancreatitis and then a chronic condition. She discusses how her physician informed her what to expect before, during and after her islet auto-transplant surgery.

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Isaac and Tasia's Story

Isaac's pancreatitis was getting so bad, he knew he had to do something about it. So he made plans to travel from Colorado to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, to find out if he was a candidate for a total pancreatectomy and auto-islet transplant. But he didn't come alone. His young daughter, Tasia, joined him.

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