Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pancreatitis & Serenity

Pancreatitis and SerenitySometimes, some life situations don't promote serenity. Rather, they tend to induce stress.

The reality is that all of us have stress in our lives. Some situations are simply out of our control and we do our best to change it or whatever needs to be done to rectify the circumstances.

I've been going through a lot of this sort of thing lately.

For a person who suffers from chronic pancreatitis and as someone who has had an attack come on at least in part as a result of stress, I am fully aware of the importance to keep my stress levels under control.
serenity pancreas
Denial of the problems isn't the answer for me. Some problems can't be resolved overnight. Some can. I'm trying to 'let go' of the things that I worry about but have no control over. The things that I have control over and situations I can change I am working toward changing.

These changes will take time. So the goal is to remain serene, work toward a positive solution, and remain calm in the process. Exercise (walking, stretching and swimming), eating right, working toward my goals are all things I can do to decrease my stress levels and work toward serenity. I am doing these things.

pancreas serenity prayerFor people like me who suffer from chronic pancreatitis, it is extremely important to respect what stress can do to us. It can become uncontrollable and can kill us. My last flare-up was really difficult to get under control. It took months.

I'd rather be proactive and try to prevent the flare-up now then hopefully recover from it later.

Peace. Love. Joy. Happiness... and positive change.

The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference

The Serenity Prayer and Pancreatitis


  1. My 73 year old father has been sick for three months. They finally diagnosed him with chronic pancreatitis. I just found your blog and have been reading it for the past hour. Thank you for all this information. I will have my parents read it. My father has lots of stress and needs to eat better. The ginger thing is interesting. Thanks for all your knowledge.

  2. I think exercise is critical in dealing with CP, though the trade off is higher caloric intake required to support it. Striking the right balance is not always easy. To get the natural endorphins flowing exercise needs to be at least of a moderate intensity for a sustained period time, which can be difficult. You definitely do not want to over exert.