A pancreatic cancer survivor shares her story and tips for patients.

Personal stories are powerful and helpful to the pancreatic cancer community. They:

1. Inform

“After hearing countless stories of people who blew past their prognosis, we thought, ‘Screw the average statistics. Many people survive well beyond the bell curve. What are they doing, and how can we be successful like them?’ And ever since, we’ve been soaking up their advice and taking all we can get.” Jennifer de Leon

2. Spread Hope

“I was scared when I was diagnosed. Reading stories about stage IV survivors would give me hope.” Robert Ulery

3. Raise Awareness

“I’ve talked to people who were unaware of this disease or how deadly it has become – now the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. I’m glad I’m able to open their eyes. We need more awareness for this horrendous disease.” – Rachel Griffin

Join the many survivors and caregivers who have shared their stories with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) community. Submit a personal story today. The PanCAN community is particularly interested in stories about:

  • Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, especially metastatic disease, who want to share their experiences or messages of hope. Their caregivers’ stories are also valuable.
  • The experiences of patients or caregivers who contacted PanCAN’s PanCAN Patient Services. PanCAN Patient Services is the place to call after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis or at any point in the pancreatic cancer journey. Sharing why you found PanCAN Patient Services helpful can help others understand the benefits and get the resources and information they need.
  • Experiences of those who have participated in clinical trials or had molecular profiling.


Interested in connecting with other survivors or caregivers one-on-one?

Consider PanCAN’s Survivor & Caregiver Network. This group is made up of volunteers throughout the country who correspond by phone or email with those also experiencing pancreatic cancer.

It’s possible to volunteer for the Survivor & Caregiver Network as well.

The network is especially in need of volunteers who have been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer and their caregivers. Contact PanCAN Patient Services to volunteer or to speak with one of our volunteers.

Share a personal story and read stories from others affected by the world’s toughest cancer.

Contact a PanCAN Patient Services Case Manager
For information about resources related to pancreatic cancer, contact Patient Services.