I was going to post the other day about this same subject. Well not the Oprah show, but public awareness. I just feel like I need to be doing something to make “all” ER docs aware of the mis-truths and mysteries of pancreatitis, the specialists think more about those of us who have symptoms yet don’t have alot of tests showing anything. About the people who are in constant pain and are sent home with a bottle to just 'handle" it. And many other things.
It seems like the Oprah show would be a good venue to start because it reaches many. I am not an Oprah fan but I know many people are! But what if we could get several people to do a show, like a national news, and Montel Williams. I know he does medical shows due to him having MS. But also what else can we do to get people to understand how awful this disease can be. I just wonder if we were able to provide monies comparable to 1 year from the Jerry Lewis telethon, for example, what kind of research could be done with THAT kind of money??!!! I wish we could (together) write an article or something that could be mass distributed, it could contain information from the medical AND patient side. We could deliver it to ER’s and hospitals all over the country.
Well I just have been thinking about this for a while now. I just think the pancreas deserves more attention in the digestive way. I was just looking at an old family medical book from 1966, besides the “removal of the pancreas”, the treatment for pancreatitis has not changed. 42 years!!! can you believe that??? Compare that to the breast cancer treatment or even an just a cold. We now have chemotherapy for cancer and anti-virals for colds.
I am sorry to steal the post, I hope you don’t mind. You have paid the ultimate price because of this disease. I will be sure to give my 2 cents to Dr. Oz in hopes to convince him to do this story.
If anybody has ideas on what we can do, please share.