Marina is doing great, thanks for asking. She is back to work full time as of December. She goes to the office every day.
Her digestion and plumbing are fine, as long as she sticks to home cooked, comfort food. She has to watch her portion sizes. She feels discomfort occasionally when she overeats or grabs something unhealthy. She is very disciplined about it though, so it doesn't happen very often.
Marina regained most of her old weight but not all of it. Her face rounded out very nicely... BIG contrast to how she looked 12 months ago when she finished chemo.
Like you, she takes proton pump inhibitor (Pantoprazole) for acid reflux. As a Whipple patient, she will be taking it for the rest of her life. Aside from PPI, she doesn't need any medication. She takes some self-prescribed supplements and vitamins, but they are optional.
Marina still has her port, 12 months after chemo. She goes to the hospital once a month to flush it. I'm not sure when she will find the courage to take it out. I don't ask. I want her to make up her own mind without feeling any pressure. You've been there so you know the trade-offs.
As far as exercise goes... we are looking forward to the start of the cycling season. Marina can ride a bike despite her surgical hernia. She cycled daily last summer and fall.
Susie, I'm glad to hear that you are able to run. That's a great sign. Keep up the good work!!