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Miriam began having pain in her upper abdomen after her father passed away in December 2015. In January, she went to her Primary physician regarding the abdomen pain and the doctor believed it was an ulcer based on the emotional period of time, but Miriam knew it wasn't an ulcer and asked for more testing. A blood test revealed elevated liver enzymes which resulted in an order for a CT scan. The doctor received the results of the scan and recommended an MRI for additional testing. Miriam asked that the doctor read to her the findings of the CT scan. It read that there was a mass in her pancreas that was "suspicious for malignancy". Miriam's friend who was previously a nurse advised Miriam to see a pancreatic specialist. Now in the first week of February, the specialist (Dr. Millikin) got her in for an appointment right away. When meeting with Dr. Millikin, he reviewed the CT scan and advised that in his expert opinion, the mass was cancer and he scheduled her for a biopsy and a stent to be placed in her bile duct (to relieve pain). The biopsy confirmed cancer. The stent helped some pain. A treatment plan was put in place through Rush University hospital. 25 treatments of radiation and 5 treatments of chemotherapy with the goal to shrink the tumor and perform the Whipple surgery to remove it.