Good morning! I’m here to challenge you.

I’ve started this blog as a way to connect with others facing a disability or life change that is affecting everything they thought they needed in life. My identity was wrapped up in whatever job I held. When I could no longer hold a job, my entire life collapsed.

All of my life, I’ve suffered from sudden, debilitating stomach pain and gastrointestinal issues. And all of my life, I was told I just had a nervous stomach. Until I had an acute attack of necrotizing pancreatitis. I had a diagnosis for that but no explanation of why I had a sudden attack. In 2014, I finally got an answer to my lifetime problems. It turns out I have a birth defect in my pancreas. Where normal pancreases have one duct that branches out into two to drain, I have two parallel narrow ducts that spasm and shut off causing either pancreatitis or backing poison into my liver causing that to shut down.

I suffer from chronic pancreatitis daily and the suddenness of GI issues has made it impossible to be counted on to be in any place at a certain time. When I have dr appointments, I have to leave quite early because I may need to make stops on the way. I can’t eat before I go anywhere as a precaution because even though I stick to low fat to no fat foods, I never know what my body will react negatively to. Pain will hit suddenly and escalate in a matter of minutes to unbearable. My local ambulance EMT’s know me well.

Despite all of that, I try to live as I would without any of those issues. I wake up happy, I go to sleep happy. I love my life and I would only change my health if I could. Other than that, I have such a wonderful family, extended family, home and life in general. With so many close calls to dying, I can say it’s definitely increased my joy in daily life.

I see so many people who don’t enjoy their lives as they are. They want more. That’s why I’ve started this and I hope others will travel through this year with me to learn just how much you can let go of and be happy. I hope you’ll join in with me as we challenge and support each other.

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Sandra Davenport Collins

Mother of three girls, two son-in-laws. Grandma to two boys and two girls along with four dogs and four cats. Living life fully with Chronic Pancreatitis and Fibromyalgia.

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