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Diane Greco’s Story (Chronic Pancreatitis)

Hello,  my name is Diane Greco. I am the mother of four young adults, a nurse and a military Mom.

I was raised Catholic near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since I was a child,  I’ve had several issues that were diagnosed and associated with nausea, stomach pain and fainting spells. After four c- sections in 5 years in my late 20’s, the complications continued.

I had significant health issues involving stomach pain, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, chronic pain, fatigue, and was extremely worked up with no diagnosis.

As a nurse, I was a family caregiver for two parents with cancer for 18 years.

I was experiencing many health issues with chronic stomach pain. I researched for many years to find that my symptoms were consistent with chronic pancreatitis and parathyroid disease.

During the years my children were graduating from college, I had two acute episodes of acute pancreatitis that were not consistent with the clinical presentation and elevation of labs. I lost 35 pounds the 1st time regaining it back and more than 60 pounds the second time, leaving me really sick and down to a weight that was unsafe.

I was also thought to be passing biliary or pancreatic stones even after I had my gallbladder removed. I was on several drugs at that time, experiencing severe depression and anxiety. I have since  weaned off the medications and have learned how to manage and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

I am a life learner and advocate for Chronic Pancreatitis , Mental Health, and Holistic Health and Wellness !

Diane Greco
PA
Submitted 09/19/2018

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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2 comments

  1. …AND A FIGHTER!!

    Dear Diane,
    You are inspirational Continue to write to others in this great club we need more HEROES like you to spread JOY?

    With love from Canada ??
    Brigitte Estelle xx

  2. Dear Diane,
    I am sorry that you are going through this. Thank you for sharing your journey. You are an inspiration to others! Prayers.

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